Belton grad anchors Texas offensive line heading into 2019 season

ARLINGTON, Texas (KWTX) Zach Shackelford had plenty of FBS offers as he graduated from Belton High School, but he's still unsure on how exactly his talents piqued interest from the University of Texas.

Whoever discovered the man that has turned out to be an anchor on the Longhorns' offensive line is probably glad to have stumbled upon Shackelford later instead of never.

"I don't know if it was an anonymous tip or what, but somehow they found me," Shackelford said. "I'm really glad they did. It's been some of the best four years of my life. I wouldn't change it for the world -- the ups or the downs. It's been a lot of fun, I've learned a lot of stuff and a lot of life lessons. Whoever did it, thank you, I don't know, but it's been awesome."

Shackelford is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, which is given to the nation's best center. He was also named to the First Team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press last season.

The Longhorns' center could be one of the higher-touted senior offensive linemen in the NFL Draft next April, according to NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt.