Onterrio McCalebb had a verbal with West Virginia and it looked as if the Mountaineers would be able to add yet another explosive running back to their potent offense. But with the departure of former Head Coach Rich Rodriguez, McCalebb wants to check out other schools and see what they have to offer him.
"I will be looking at Auburn, Rutgers and Clemson," McCalebb said. "I will be seeing Clemson on Jan. 11 and Rutgers on Jan. 25."
Being able to play right away is one thing that concerns the four star running back and those schools offer him the chance to do so. "They're good," he said. They're offenses fit me; they run the shotgun. I have a chance to go there and get right on the field. Auburn has no complete back and they like my breakaway speed. Rutgers said I can go in there and be an every down back."
It's been a common thread among college coaches recently to leave a team while under contract to go somewhere else. The six foot 170-pound back feels a sense of betrayal from coach Rodriguez.
"He met me and my family last Thursday and told us that he was staying," he said. "Then my grandmother called me and told me that on ESPN they had breaking news saying he's going to Michigan. Another thing was [West Virginia] was the only school that didn't bring down the running backs coach. That's who I'm going to spend the most time with, not the recruiting coordinator."
When talking about how Auburn, Clemson and Rutgers have been towards, he said that Auburn has brought the running backs down and they plan on coming down around Christmas. Clemson and Rutgers call once a week and the Tigers will be visiting a week after Christmas.
The Fort Meade High School running back said that even those he's looking at other schools, West Virginia could come back into the picture. "They aren't really out, but for right now yes," he said.
Education is important to McCalebb and will be one of the factors in his final decision. He also wants to go to a place where he feels at home with the coach and that could be part of the reason why he's reconsidered looking at other schools since Rodriguez left.
"Academics are important to me because I want to get my degree," he said. "I want someone to be there for me. Looking for a coach that will push me and get me to the next level so I can get my mom and family out of the hood. I [also] want to be comfortable around the coach."
McCalebb said he will be making his final decision shortly after he meets with the Scarlet Knights. The four star back is ranked No. 36 according to the 2008 Scout.com High School Football Rankings and has been timed at 4.35 seconds in the 40.
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