Oct 12, 2013; Fayetteville, AR, USA; A cheerleader carries the Arkansas Razorbacks flag past the crowd during a game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. South Carolina defeated Arkansas 52-7. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Cantrell commits to Arkansas Razorbacks

Although the Arkansas Razorbacks had the bubble burst and had to play in the NIT rather than the NCAA Tournament, it wasn’t all bad news for the Hogs’ athletic program this week.

On Thursday, they received a commitment from tight end Austin Cantrell.

“Coach B (Bret Bielema) and the coaching staff are guys I want to spend my college career with,” Cantrell told Otis Kirk of 24/7 Sports. “That’s one of the biggest reasons. It’s only an hour drive from my house so I will be close to my family. I found a place I will fit in academically, athletically and socially.”

Cantrell, who could also wind up as a weak size defensive end, is 6’3, weighs 240 pounds and attends Roland High School in Roland, Oklahoma.

Cantrell has not been ranked by the major recruiting services so is not yet a part of 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.

Cantrell was very interested in two in-state schools, the Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys, even attending the Cowboy’s Junior Day, but decided to jump on the offer he received from Arkansas earlier this week.

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