Position: FLEX WR
Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 220 LBS
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Ranking: 228th overall – 6th best TE (4-Star)
Pulling a high school recruit out of Southern California is tough for out-of-state schools. However, Oklahoma was able to go into the Los Angeles area and pull a skilled pass-catcher away from USC and UCLA in Grant Calcaterra. The Santa Margarita Catholic product has some of the best hands out of any receiver or tight end in the 2017 class. He proved that during the 2016 “The Opening” while putting on a show in the 7on7 stages of the event. The pipeline to California remains open, and the Sooners took advantage of it for two prospects in the 2017 class.
When one talks about Grant Calcaterra, you talk about a matchup nightmare. His ability to run routes like a slot receiver as a big bodied, 6’4″ player is something that is not seen very often. Calcaterra shows a unique ability to catch every football away from his body as well– a trait that carries over to the next level.
So, where does he fit? Is he a tight end, or is he a wide receiver? Luckily, Mark Andrews has opened that door for guys in the future. Calcaterra is a true FLEX receiver that is more fluid and runs better than Andrews did in high school. It is easy to see Calcaterra be compared to Taylor McNamara, but Calcaterra is a more polished receiver at this point in his career. For me, I truly can not compare what Calcaterra brings to the table to anybody on tape. Just so fluid to be a tight end, but not fluid enough to be a wide receiver. A unique player with a broad skill set that will allow him to be a problem in college football.
With Mark Andrews set to take a leap in 2017, it is going to be tough to see Calcaterra get many meaningful snaps. I do not suspect him to redshirt, but I do expect him to take a back seat to watch, learn, and bulk up for the 2018 season. If I had to pick three of Oklahoma’s 2017 class with the highest potential to play in the NFL, Grant Calcaterra would likely make that list– He is going to be one to circle and keep a tab on with his Sooner career beginning this spring.
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