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A Recruiting Interview with Scout Top 300 DB Tanner McCalister

Four-star defensive back Tanner McCalister is an impressive physical specimen who already has some standout offers on his list...

Tanner McCalister, 6-foot-0, 180-pound defensive back from Rockwall (Texas) Rockwall-Heath has been picking up offers, but so far three in-state schools have been recruiting him the most seriously. 

"TCU is like my number one right now I also actually really like coach (Clay) Jennings (UH Defensive Backs Coach) and him going down to Houston and offering me right off the bat, I liked that," McCalister said. "Both TCU and Houston have shown a lot of love to me and so has SMU, but right now TCU stands out."

There are still plenty of programs in the picture and there are even a couple who have been turning up the heat on McCalister lately.

"Oklahoma State has been showing me a lot of love," McCalister informed. "They just want me to get on campus. I actually like OSU, they have been showing me a lot of love and Missouri has been showing me a lot of love. It is going to be pretty good for me in the spring when they come down to see me at the school and see that I am a player."

McCalister checks in as a Scout four-star prospect and is nationally rated in the Scout Top 300. 

Tanner McCalister (© Greg Powers)

"I am an athlete basically," McCalister said. "I can do it all in the defensive backfield. I can play safety, I can go down to corner, I can play slot corner and that is why TCU loves me actually.

I feel like my biggest strength is my strength, my physicality, and also being able to move while being physical. I can play off or on. My physicality stands out to a lot of people who come and watch me play."

Texas is not a school that should be completely eliminated from the picture. He has a former teammate on roster in DeShon Elliott and his cousin is former Longhorn Christian Scott.

So there are some ties -- and to the defensive backfield specifically -- for him. 

"I actually talked to Coach (Tom) Herman when he was at Houston, so I kind of already had a connection with him since I had been to Houston my sophomore year," McCalister explained.

McCallister has attended junior day at TCU. He may travel to Baylor for its junior day and also has plans to make it up to Oklahoma State for an unofficial visit. 


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