K’Rojhn Calbert grew up in Middle Tennessee, but it wasn’t until recently that the McMinnville native developed a “high” interest in the Tennessee Volunteers.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive tackle speaks regularly with Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney and quality control coach Walt Wells. Calbert took part in four camps with Vols coaches and has attended three Tennessee games thus far.
“I went to the Ohio game, I went to the Florida game and I recently went to the Alabama game this past weekend,” said the mid-state native, adding that the “Florida game was awesome.”
Apart from developing solid relationships with several members of the Vols personnel, the Scout three-star recently started getting to know in-state Tennessee commits Maleik Gray of La Vergne, Cade Mays of Knoxville and Alontae Taylor of Manchester during Calbert's visits to Rocky Top.
After undergoing two ACL surgeries in his first two years of football at Warren County High School, the now-senior took last year off to allow for healing, causing him to enter the recruiting scene later than some of his contemporaries.
“I’m still in the process,” Calbert told InsideTennessee.
Building relationships is key to furthering the interest of the No. 64-ranked offensive tackle in the 2017 class, asking himself, “Is it family-oriented? Is it just as much about family as it is football?"
“It’s about where I can go and be happy the whole 3-4 years I’m there, so I believe the whole 'family' feel is a big thing,” Calbert said.
South Carolina is another program that's showing interest in Calbert and coach Will Muschamp's staff placed an offer on the table sight unseen. Calbert hopes to see two schools of interest wage battle when the Gamecocks and Vols kick off at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, on Saturday.
He maintains an open mind as he explores his options.
“I’m still open to everybody,” the No. 4-ranked offensive tackle in the Volunteer State said.
With 11 scholarship offers including Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi Sate and Missouri to name a few, Calbert will have plenty of opportunity to explore various options before he narrows his choices.
“I keep getting told that throughout my season and after, schools will still be interested in me so that’s why I really haven’t made a commitment yet. I haven’t been to every place I'd like to go to before I even make a commitment.”