FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Razorbacks football team had seven newcomers join straight out of high school this spring, and so far, one appears to be standing out above the rest.
That would be offensive lineman Shane Clenin.
“He’s a talented kid,” senior center Frank Ragnow said. “You can see it right away. It kind of comes natural to him. It’s exciting to see. He’s smart.”
Clenin — from Jefferson High School near Festus, Mo. — is one of three offensive linemen who joined the Razorbacks this spring. He’s already working as the second-team left tackle.
Arkansas offensive line coach Kurt Anderson cited Clenin’s intelligence as a reason for his early success. Clenin also considered attending Northwestern before committing to the Razorbacks and is planning to major in civil engineering.
“He reminds me a lot of Frank Ragnow,” Anderson said. “I think he’s a guy that’s a 5-position player. I think he can play all 5. I think he’s smart enough to be able to do that.
Sophomore Colton Jackson — who started the first few games at right tackle last season — is working as the Hogs’ first-team left tackle, but Anderson said he believes Clenin can push Jackson for that spot.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema also has had high praise for Clenin over the past couple of weeks, but also said he believes all three of his true freshmen offensive linemen could play in 2017. Dalton Wagner and Kirby Adcock are also already on campus.