UT offensive lineman Zach Shackelford, left, and defensive lineman Paul Boyette Jr., go through drills at Denius Fields on Monday March 7, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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A future All-American? Zach Shackelford getting high marks this spring

Posted March 10th, 2016

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Texas’ lowest-rated recruit is making some of the biggest noise this spring.

Zach Shackelford, a three-star prospect from Belton, is already running with the first-team offense, and to hear Charlie Strong talk, it sounds like the Longhorns have solved their dilemma at center just three practices into camp.

“Shackelford, he’s doing a good job in there inside,” Strong said after Thursday’s practice in the bubble. “At the center position where we know that we needed some help, he has really stepped in and done a great job for us.”

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Shackelford, who committed to Texas literally the day before he moved onto campus in January, has apparently nudged ahead of redshirt sophomores Elijah Rodriguez and Terrell Cuney to replace multi-year starter Taylor Doyle.

“Very competitive,” Strong said. “He has a little attitude toward him.”

Strong told a story from winter workouts when Shackelford (6-3, 296 pounds) purposefully bumped a teammate of course with whom he was racing step for step to the finish line.

“You knew right there that he had a little different attitude to him,” Strong said.

After Wednesday’s practice, offensive tackle Kent Perkins raved about Shackelford and called him a “future All-American.”

Not a bad first week for the kid.

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