OL, Class of 2023
Maryville High School, Maryville, TN
For Maryville (TN) 2023 three-star offensive lineman Cal Grubbs, each college visit adds something. Each trip gives him a chance to not only experience gamedays and atmospheres, but talk to coaches and watch their mannerisms and how they interact with players.
Grubbs already claims offers from Ole Miss, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech, but he’s hopeful that he’s on the brink of more after his play this fall. He is doing his part to be visible, with one game visit down and two more upcoming, as he moves through his recruitment.
“Right now, I’m looking for a coaching staff that’s really into me, keeping in touch quite a bit,” he said. “I want someone who’s looking to create a relationship with me and my family.”
On Saturday, Grubbs made his first visit to Blacksburg, for Virginia Tech’s win over Middle Tennessee. He arrived early to get a peak at the football program, then stayed for the game itself.
“The atmosphere was great, super loud, super exciting,” Grubbs said. “I don’t know what the building was called, but it had their rings and trophies, player portraits and everything. Then we went to the indoor facility and that’s where we sat and ate, then moved on to the sideline before the game for warm-ups. I was really excited and surprised with how loud it is in that stadium, even though it was only MTSU. It was a packed stadium and the fan base was good.”
Grubbs’ primary contact thus far has been assistant coach Adam Lechtenberg, but the visit also gave him a chance to speak one-on-one with assistant coach Vance Vice, too.
“I’d say our relationship is getting better, especially getting to talk in-person,” Grubbs said. “We had a good conversation, and it went on a bit. I also talked to Coach Vice a bit, too. I’d say I liked their excitement about me being there. Coach Lecht said he really enjoyed talking and everything.”
The Hokies have yet to offer Grubbs a scholarship, but he said the talks gave him an idea of what they’re looking for in making that offer. Part of that centers on his weight, which he said is 281 pounds.
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