He was pretty certain the Oklahoma offer was coming, but Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic wide receiver Grant Calcaterra had no idea when it would.
OU assistant coach Cale Gundy had visited Calcaterra around signing day, and Calcaterra thought that would be when the offer is made.
It didn’t happen. Instead, it took about three weeks later, but it did come. And just like that, most felt the Sooners were in the driver’s seat.
That all culminated last week when Calcaterra, a high three-star prospect, made it official and joined SoonerSquad17 last Thursday.
Two weeks after visiting Norman, Calcaterra knew he had found his future home.
“After the visit, I had a pretty good idea I wanted to go there,” Calcaterra said. “Wednesday, I had my coach over for dinner, and we talked it over with my coach and my family. I knew.”
Calcaterra called Gundy early Thursday afternoon and then got in touch with head coach Bob Stoops. Everything was right, and it was just a matter of when Calcaterra felt like announcing the news.
There was no rush on his commitment from the OU coaches, but you could understand if Calcaterra felt he needed to get in now. OU’s aggressive recruiting approach has led to unprecedented success and a No. 2-ranked class by Scout.
The biggest change has been instead of being too patient and waiting the process out with top recruits, OU has not been bashful to just find the next man up.
There were other hybrid receiver/tight ends in the mix, but Calcaterra ended all the drama because he found the fit he needed.
“It was the overall fit,” said Calcaterra on why he picked OU. “This offense really fits me, and the players fit me, too. I like all the coaches and like where they see me. Everything was right.”
Most believe he’ll be OU’s next Mark Andrews. You know what? Calcaterra is fine with that and understands that as well.
When Calcaterra was on his visit, he spent a good 30 minutes with Andrews to figure out if he could indeed be that guy going forward.
Andrews was about an inch taller and 10 pounds heavier than Calcaterra coming out of high school so Calcaterra was able to see that it is indeed possible to play just like Andrews.
What really sealed the deal was the time Bob Stoops spent with Calcaterra and his family. It let him know how big of a priority he really is for OU.
“He spent a lot of time with us,” Calcaterra said. “He spent more time with me than any other coach on any other visit I had been on. It meant a lot.”
The visit was an unquestioned success, and even though Calcaterra went on a lot of visits before OU and a lot more after the Sooners, the trip to Norman was able to stand out amongst the crowd.
The addition of Calcaterra gives OU No. 4 to its BallOutBoyz lineup, which could put a wrap on things for the Sooners at the position.
Other schools will no doubt try to poach from OU, but at least when it comes to Calcaterra, it simply won’t matter.
“No, I’m done with the recruiting process,” Calcaterra said. “It feels very good to have this over with so I can concentrate on my senior season. The only visit I’ll be making back to OU, hoping in the summer.”
Calcaterra is a big target at around 6-foot-4, but he has shown good body control and quickness for someone his size in campus this spring.
SoonerSquad17 played a bit of a role for Calcaterra, especially getting to spend some time with OKC John Marshall defensive back commit Justin Broiles. He said it was good to hang out with Broiles, and it is a great thing knowing how strong the class is going to be.
Calcaterra mentioned Mesquite (Texas) Horn quarterback commit Chris Robison as someone else he’s getting to know better.