KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A satellite camp success story came home Wednesday.
Warren County offensive lineman K’Rojhn Calbert committed to Tennessee, picking the Vols over finalists Florida, South Carolina, Louisville and Memphis at a ceremony at his school.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect — ranked a consensus 3-star recruit — becomes Tennessee’s 27th commit — the most in the nation — for its Class of 2017. Calbert has been a regular at Volunteers games this season, watching wins over Ohio, Florida and Tennessee Tech.
Three weeks ago, Calbert finally received the offer he was longing for, and he hasn’t stopped smiling since.
Upon the news of earning a Tennessee offer, Calbert told me, “I’m jumping off the wall. I’m very thrilled. I can’t stop smiling.”
He is now the second offensive lineman in Tennessee’s class, joining 3-star West Virginia tackle Riley Locklear.
Wednesday’s commitment concludes Calbert’s rags to riches recruitment, as just six months ago the offensive lineman had zero scholarship offers.
Plagued by a pair of knee injuries earlier in high school, Calbert was ready to give up on a football career that never was before his high school coach convinced him to give it one more chance.
Calbert starred at multiple satellite camps this summer, quickly earning the attention — and offers — from schools all over the Southeast. The homestate Vols remained interested, but wanted to see how Calbert performed in games this fall.
Once again, he impressed.
The Midstate native continues to learn the nuances of playing offensive line, but Calbert oozes athleticism and power.
His potential is high — possibly more than any lineman in the state not named Trey Smith.