Onterio McCalebb was a highly sought after RB during his senior year at Fort Meade High School. He originally committed to Rutgers, but ended up signing with Auburn on National Signing Day. McCalebb, 6-foot and 175 pounds, came up short on grades and enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy where he's been for the past season. He graduates in December and there are plenty of teams still competing for his services.
"I'm hearing from USF, Ole Miss, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Alabama. All of them have offered and I'm going to take a visit this weekend to Clemson and possibly to Alabama on January 9th."
McCalebb had an outstanding year at Hargrave playing running back and slot receiver. He wasn't sure of his exact stats, but he did score 18 combined touchdowns, 4 of which came on punt/kick returns.
The Bulls recruited McCalebb during the spring of his junior year and up through his senior season. McCalebb is familiar with the staff, especially Coach Jim Leavitt, who has been in touch with him recently.
"I talked to Coach Leavitt and he said that when I come home in two weeks to give him a call and he'd meet me at the school on campus and we'd talk in person."
Does McCalebb have a favorite now that he's only a few weeks away from Signing Day?
"Not really, I'm still leaning towards Auburn, but South Florida and Alabama are definitely in the race."
Auburn: I committed there out of high school, I'm just waiting to see who they hire and what kind of offense they'll be running. There are different coaches that are coming in and I'll see who they choose before making a decision.
South Florida: They've been recruiting me since high school too and I'd like to be closer to home because in the last year all my family moved to Tampa. I'd also have a good chance to get on the field, especially on special teams and at slot receiver.
Alabama: They've been recruiting me for a while and Nick Saban came in to see me the other day, he said they need more speed and they want me to come in and play in the slot.
McCalebb says he's looking for a program that runs a "wide-open offense", and the Bulls spread-option is something he's very interested in.
"I like what USF runs, Coach Leavitt told me they could use my speed at either slot or running back. I like that about the spread, there's a bunch of ways I could be used in the passing game and as a runner, they want to get me out in space and use my speed."
This is a new name on the Bulls '09 recruiting board -- one that makes sense. For the past two seasons, the Bulls offense has been lacking a guy that has that "homerun" potential. McCalebb, coming off a year of prep school would be a great fit for not only the offense, but special teams as well. Stick with USFNation for an update on McCalebb after his visit with Coach Leavitt, which should take place sometime in the next two weeks.
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