FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas 2017 offensive line commit Shane Clenin is set to make his official visit to the Razorbacks’ campus on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound 3-star prospect from Jefferson High School (Festus, Mo.) committed in April.
On Wednesday’s visit, which will be his third to the school, he’s most looking forward to sitting down with offensive line coach Kurt Anderson and talking football.
“I’m going to go over some film stuff and technique to get more a feel for where’s he’s coming from with that,” Clenin said. “I hadn’t got to do that yet, so I’m excited.”
Clenin also plans to attend some games in Fayetteville this fall.
Before Wednesday’s visit, he discussed a variety of topics with SEC Country.
Q: Why is Arkansas the right fit for you?
A: Whenever I was looking for colleges I was really looking for a place I knew I could be at for four or five years, where I respected the coaches, where I felt like I was respected back, where I liked the players and where I liked the atmosphere. When I went down to Fayetteville, that was all there. I’ve already been on a couple different visits and the first time I was blown away. I really didn’t know what to expect. I came away saying, “That place is awesome.” The second time I was really just ready to commit.
How much did you know about Arkansas before they started recruiting you?
I didn’t really know that much. I knew Coach (Bret Bielema) came from Wisconsin, because I used to watch them a lot when he was there. I just knew he was a good coach. I knew they had the biggest offensive line in football last year, but other than that, I really didn’t know a whole lot about the football program.
What’s your relationship been like with Coach Anderson so far?
It’s been awesome. He’s almost like a best friend more than a coach at this point. We’ll text back and forth whenever he can legally with the NCAA and all that. Before we were just talking about visits and that sort of thing. Now we’re getting into more of the football side of things. Our relationship is already really good and I think that’s really going to help in college.
Have you talked to any other potential Arkansas recruits or guys who have committed?
I’ve been talking to a few guys, mostly linemen, just to kind of see what they’re thinking and see how it’s going. I try to help out when I can and do my part there.
What are you looking to get out of your senior season at Jefferson?
I’m trying to play the best I can every down to help make us successful. We lost in the district championship last year, so I want to be district champs and would love to be state champs this year. I’d like to work on my leadership skills, too. I feel like I’m a pretty decent leader now, but I’d like to see that improve and become a better leader this year.