Unexpected 4 Star recruit commits

For Fort Meade (Fla.) four-star ATH Onterrio McCalebb, the hire of Tony Franklin at Auburn was all he needed.

Franklin’s spread offense, which McCalebb got a small taste of watching the Chick-fil-A Bowl, is something he thinks he can thrive in.

McCalebb, rated the No. 14 ATH in the country by Rivals.com, committed to the Tigers Monday during an in-school visit with head coach Tommy Tuberville and lead recruiter Greg Knox.

McCalebb was a standout at an Auburn camp last summer.

“They came down and we talked. They said they loved my speed” said McCalebb, the defending high school state champion in the 100 meters (10.43) and 200-meter dash (21.2) “They told me that I wouldn’t sit out my first year, that I would be on the field somewhere. I told them I was committing.

“I’m really excited about that offense. That is what helped me make up my mind. When they got that offensive coordinator that was it. We run the same offense right now so I know a lot about it.”

McCalebb could play several positions in college including wide receiver, running back and return punts and kicks. As a senior, he rushed the ball 168 times for 1,890 yards (11.3 avg.) and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for nearly 300 yards and two more scores, and added a pair of touchdowns via kickoff returns.

“I think it’s a great situation for him. Obviously it’s a tremendous program and I think regardless of what offense Auburn runs they are going to move the football and be successful,” Fort Meade head coach Mike Hayde said. “But he will probably thrive more in that spread offense, although he would’ve been a good tailback in the I-formation, too.”

McCalebb took an official visit to Auburn back in September, and plans to take two more before Signing Day. He’ll visit Clemson this weekend and Rutgers Jan. 25-27.

McCalebb still has some work to do in the classroom to become qualified.

“He’s not a full qualifier, yet,” said Hayde. “He’s got to improve his GPA and test score.”

McCalebb was Auburn’s 21st commitment in the 2008 class. The Tigers picked up No. 22 Monday afternoon from another standout Floridian, Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas DB Christian Thompson.

National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6.

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My thoughts:

To put that speed in perspective LSU’s Trindon Holliday (the fastest man in college football) runs a 100-meter dash in 10.06 seconds. McCallebb, the defending HIGH SCHOOL state champion in the 100 meters, runs it in 10.43 seconds. However, I think he is to small to be an everydown running back @ 5’10  154 pounds. I see him used as a slot receiver (i spelled it right scott)… and to dump quick passes in the back field. Other than this guy (and enrique davis) there really are not too many recruits im real real excited about this season…unlike last yr with kodi. Maybe we’ll get a few more suprises. war eagle!

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