Oklahoma has done a lot of things differently with the 2017 class and that includes the number of mid-year enrollees.
SoonerSquad17 is in Norman, well, a lot of them are. OU has 11 mid-year enrollees for the class so for those who need a refresher or an introduction, time to know the next batch of names.
Get to know the newest Sooners.
Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic TE Grant Calcaterra
The story: Score another one for Cale Gundy. Seriously. Once OU made this offer last February, it felt like a countdown until Calcaterra picked OU. Following an unofficial, it was game-set-match for the Sooners. Calcaterra vowed then he would not take an official visit elsewhere and he never did. One trip to OU in December and it was a wrap. A reoccurring theme with OU’s commits was a huge senior season that justified their ranking. Calcaterra was another one of those guys.
2017 impact: Hard to say. You know he’s waiting in the wings as the “next” Mark Andrews. But having Calcaterra on campus so early will give him time and OU coaches a chance to truly evaluate what his future could be and whether or not that includes a present. Gut feel says redshirt, but a redshirt that could be lifted if Andrews suffers an injury or Calcaterra’s talent is too good to leave on sidelines.
Sooners Illustrated says: OU isn’t in the business of cloning people, it just feels that way when you look at Calcaterra and Mark Andrews. Calcaterra is absolutely a great person to come in following Andrews with his size and his hands. Calcaterra has shown the ability to be a big target in the middle of the field and able to make the big-time catches. Not elite speed, which is fine, as Calcaterra’s role is to be reliable more than anything else.