It doesn’t take long for DeKaylin “DK” Metcalf to ooze his hometown roots. The soft-spoken wide receiver hails from Oxford, Miss., home of Ole Miss and The Grove, and he begins all introductions with requisite Southern politeness and good natured candor.
If you were just eavesdropping on his conversations, you’d never guess that Metcalf is one of the nation’s best prep wide receivers, an explosive 6-foot-3 star who can skin the competition by beating them to the corner with speed or elevating above them on a post route. He’s nigh on unstoppable if the ball is thrown anywhere near where he can catch it. He’s a star in the making, he’s staying close to home for college (Yes, Ole Miss), and he’s pretty darn proud of being named the first U.S. Army All-American from Oxford High School.
“I’m actually the first U.S. Army All-American to come from Oxford,” Metcalf told USA TODAY High School Sports from the Oxford stop on the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance. “Because we’re known for having great academics and not athletics as much, to be named the first U.S. Army All-American is a great honor. I have to carry myself the right way (in San Antonio).
“Just knowing the people that have played before me; Adrian Peterson, Patrick Peterson, Andrew Luck. To show what I can do against the best talent in the nation, that’s a special opportunity.”
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Metcalf plans on making the most of that opportunity, just as he’s made the most of all his abilities throughout his career at Oxford. Metcalf is a top-1o rated wide receiver nationally, and a top-three recruit from the state of Mississippi. He never wavered when considering where he would attend college, and he said that he was sure to spend some of his time in San Antonio trying to help Hugh Freeze’s recruiting push for the Class of 2016.
“There’s no reason to go anywhere else,” Metcalf said. “Coach Freeze is doing a great job. The way he has turned the program around is incredible, and I can’t wait to get there.
“There are some people like Jeff Simmons, who will be my roommate, and Shea Patterson who is committed there. I’m going to try to talk to a lot of big time names like Greg Little and Rashaun Gary, I’m trying to get all those guys to come to Ole Miss.”
If he succeeds with any of those names, Metcalf will be an Ole Miss hero before he even steps on a field. Not that he needs to be a hero anywhere else; Metcalf is already one at his hometown high school, where he went to lengths to ensure that USA TODAY High School Sports would thank his teachers for all they’ve done to help him. He forgot to do that in his acceptance speech.
See? Southern manners.