He was invited to Oklahoma’s and Oklahoma State’s junior days, but in the end Oklahoma native Austin Cantrell decided he’d like to give the SEC a try.
Cantrell is a 6-foot-3, 240-pound do-everything prospect out of Roland (Okla.). He rushed for 334 yards and 9 TDs last year, caught 9 passes for 268 yards and another 2 TDs, and also had 22 tackles for loss and 10 sacks on defense. While he excelled at defensive end in high school, he likely will end up playing tight end in Arkansas’ scheme, and he has said that’s just fine with him–that he likes the role Hunter Henry currently plays.
“It’s extremely cool,” Cantrell told Saturday Down South. “The 2015 class that Arkansas is picking up is very stout, and it’s going to be a joy to be a part of it. They love how versatile I am, all the positions I play. I play tight end, defensive end, H-back, a little nose guard, I punted and I even played some QB in short yardage situations.”
Two of his 2015 classmates chimed in about the news.
“It’s awesome,” Arkansas’ No. 1 recruit, four-star DL Hjalte Froholdt, wrote Saturday Down South from his home in Sweden after learning of the new addition. “I watched his tape and read a little about him and he’s a very versatile player. He really played multiple positions and does them well. It’s great to have him on board.”
Quarterback commitment Ty Storey agreed.
“I haven’t had a chance to meet Austin yet, but I’m glad he’s part of the family,” Storey told SDS. “Our class keeps getting more and more impressive as we go. It has been fun to be a part of.”
Arkansas’ class is rated No. 10 in the country, currently, with seven commitments on board.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.