Onterio McCalebb, a speedy 6-0, 170-pound tailback from Fort Meade High School, is expected to be on the AU campus this weekend.
A player who was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp, he got an offer from the Tigers last spring following an outstanding junior season. He averaged an eye-opening 11.2 yards per carry and netted 1,421 yards while scoring 17 touchdowns.
Also an outstanding receiver, he caught 23 passes for 448 yards and six touchdowns.
A triple threat, he is also a standout on special teams. As a junior he averaged 28.3 yards per kickoff return and returned five punts for 95 yards with one going for a score.
McCalebb says he thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Auburn in July where he spent extensive time doing drills with Auburn running backs coach Eddie Gran.
Fort Meade High School coach Mike Hayde notes that McCalebb is has excellent quickness. "He's similar to one of our former players speed-wise right now that played for UF the last few years, Jemalle Cornelius," Hayde says. "They are in the same category. They had very similar junior years. Pretty much, in the track and field events, they are almost carbon copies of each other as juniors. Jemalle was around a 10.6 or 10.5 100 when he was a junior and a low 4.4 at the combines. That's what Onterio has been doing this spring.
"Onterio is a multi-purpose back," Hayde adds. "He has been an I-Formation tailback, he has been a slot receiver, he has been a X and a H receiver, he has returned kickoffs and punts. He's very versatile. He's a good running back. He runs the inside and outside zone real well. He's good in the power game. We've lined him up everywhere the last two years to get him the ball."