From Trey Smith to Obinna Eze to Rutger Reitmaier and on, the Volunteer State's 2017 class has its share of linemen that will play football at name programs on the next level.
One of the newest names to the recruiting scene is K’Rojhn Calbert.
Three years of high school football resulted in a total of three games played with injuries and surgeries claiming the rest. This summer, Calbert is doing all he can to make up for lost time, take advantage of his large frame and learn as much as possible before the TSSAA allows training camp to get underway next month.
Calbert now has four camps with Tennessee coaches under his belt, including satellite camps at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro and at Tennessee State University in Nashville.
“I’ve picked up a lot,” Calbert told InsideTennessee. “Every mistake I make, they’re right there pinpointing it out, telling me what to do, telling me what to do better so I can win the next battle.”
Calbert is new to the offensive tackle position but has already learned that he must work to “keep my hips low and my elbows inside.”
“They see me both ways. They see me at offensive tackle and defensive tackle,” he said.
Which side of the ball he plays after his prep days at Warren County (Tenn.) High School is as good of a guess as anyone.
“Honestly, I don’t know right now,” Calbert said. “Offensive tackle, it feels good, but defensive tackle, it comes natural to me.”
Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State and South Carolina all offered the 2017 class talent a scholarship. The Vols haven’t yet pulled the trigger.
“A Tennessee offer, it would be a great big deal: 1. Because it’s the home state. I think that means that they respect me because I’m a home-state guy. So, that would mean a lot,” Calbert said.
He is “not a ‘Bama fan” but an offer from Alabama would mean a lot to the lineman partially because Calbert looks up to Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram as the two share a similar path through life outside of football.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder has a sturdy frame and claims a 40-yard dash time of 4.9 seconds.
Memphis, Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee and USC are all vying to get Calbert to trip from McMinnville to spend time on their campuses. Quality control coach Walt Wells is Calbert’s primary contact out of Knoxville.