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Super 30: Country work ethic molds Roland's Austin Cantrell

Going into his senior season, Austin Cantrell is committed to Arkansas as a tight end. He had several other offers and was heavily recruited by Oklahoma. Cantrell chose Arkansas in large part because it’s only an hour away from home.
By Cody Stavenhagen, Staff Writer Modified: July 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm •  Published: July 19, 2014
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— Roland coach Jeff Streun has probably told the story hundreds of times.

Austin Cantrell had been getting cut-blocked all game and was about fed up.

The next time the opposing player cut him, Cantrell tried to stop it. He ended up with his forearm in the blocker’s facemask.

The facemask came out on the losing end, completely dented in.

“I’ve never in 23 years of coaching seen anything like it,” Streun said.

That’s one example of the power and explosiveness that has Cantrell coming in at No. 8 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top recruits.

Cantrell is 6-foot-4 and close to 250 pounds. He also runs a 4.58 40-yard dash. When he plays tight end, defensive backs can’t cover him. At tailback, linebackers can’t tackle him. At defensive end, no one can block him.

Beginning in his freshman season, Cantrell had the ability to take over games.

“I’d get on the phone and coaches would say, ‘Where’d this guy come from? He’s just unstoppable,’” Streun said.

Going into his senior season, Cantrell is committed to Arkansas as a tight end. He had several other offers and was heavily recruited by Oklahoma. Cantrell chose Arkansas in large part because it’s only an hour away from home.

“That’s just who I am,” Cantrell said. “Arkansas is close to home. I like their coaching staff, coach (Bret Bielema). They’re great guys and guys I want to play for.”

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The Oklahoman’s Super 30

No. 8: Austin Cantrell

School: Roland

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 250

Position: TE-DE

Committed to: Arkansas (March 20)

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