Michigan struck gold at Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic last recruiting season when it landed Army All American wideout Dylan Crawford. The Wolverines are back mining the talent-rich program this year, this time for Santa Margarita’s other pass catcher Grant Calcaterra.
“Jay Harbaugh has reached out to me on twitter a couple of times and I’m planning to go to visit on the 28th,” Calcaterra told The Michigan Insider. “They want to see me in person, see my size, see what kind of person I am, (and) meet my family. I think they’re going to evaluate that as well as my film and everything before they pull the trigger (with an offer).”
Oklahoma, Florida, Texas A&M, Utah, Oregon State are but a handful of the 18 programs that have already extended scholarships. One of the questions Michigan will likely be looking to answer before it joins the fold is whether the 6-4, 210-pounder would fit in its offense more as a receiver or tight end.
“I’m open to either,” said Calcaterra. “Whatever will be most successful for me and the team. Wherever the coach sees be best. I could do either.”
(Harbaugh) hasn’t been specific about it, but I think it would be big inside receiver/hybrid tight end kind of thing.”
When the Golden State star makes his way to Ann Arbor next week he plans to do a little evaluating of his own. At the top of his list will be three criteria that will figure prominently into his decision.
“Education is going to be big because after football getting a good job is really important to me. Opportunity to play is big. (So too are) relationships with the coaching staff and relationships with teammates. Those are all pretty important to me.”
Calcaterra is a native Midwesterner and insists distance from home will not be a factor. Another feather in Michigan’s cap clearly is Crawford’s presence.
“I’m really good friends with Dylan,” he said. “He has definitely told me a lot about (Michigan). I know he is pushing their coaches to offer me so we can both go to school there. He tells me all about it… all the good things about it.”
At the moment Calcaterra isn’t claiming any favorites, but he hopes that a visit tour in the coming weeks that will also include stops at Oklahoma, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Indiana, Kentucky and Vanderbilt will help him hone his list.
My brother went to Oregon, so I liked them a little bit but (wasn’t rally a fan of anyone growing on).
“If I find what I want before I want before my senior year I think that would be big… just being committed before I start my senior season,” he said. “If not, then I don’t have a timeline (for a decision). Just before February 3rd I guess.”
Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for more on Calcaterra in the days and weeks to come.