Gerard Martinez

California receiver sets Irish visit

Three-star wide receiver Grant Calcaterra could visit Notre Dame twice in the next several months. The first trip is scheduled for March 30 and he plans to return for Notre Dame’s camp in June.

Notre Dame has yet to offer three-star wide receiver Grant Calcaterra but that could change in the next several months.

The 6-foot-4. 200-pounder from Santa Margarita, Calif., has maintained regular contact with Irish assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston and has at least one visit to South Bend scheduled.

“I communicate with coach Elston weekly,” Calcaterra said. “He sends me information on the school and then we talked a little bit about the offense and what he likes about my play and where he sees me in the offense.”

Notre Dame already has two tight ends committed but the Irish haven’t ruled out adding Calcaterra, who is a hybrid wide receiver/tight end. Calcaterra holds offers from Oklahoma, Boston College, Utah, Texas A&M, Purdue, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Illinois, Northwestern and Vanderbilt.

“He likes my speed for a big guy and even though I have the body of a tight end I can play receiver,” Calcaterra said. “I know they have two 2017 tight ends that are (committed) but I can play inside receiver because I have good hands, good body control and good speed.”

Calcaterra will use his spring break to visit several other Midwestern schools including Oklahoma, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. He is scheduled to be in South Bend on March 30 and could return to campus later this summer.

“He mentioned maybe coming out for a camp,” Calcaterra said. “He said their elite camp, so I’ll probably do that too.”

Calcaterra expects to finalize his camp schedule after his spring road trip.

As a junior, Calcaterra caught more than 50 passes for 1,000 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

“When I move inside I can create mismatches on linebackers and safeties because I’m faster than the linebackers and bigger than the safeties,” he said. “I can beat corners on the outside and I’m more physical than the corners. I can block.”

Calcaterra, who recently visited Washington, remains open to any school that offers. He doesn’t plan to narrow his list for several months.

“I won’t have a list of top schools until probably my senior year,” he said.

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