There’s little doubt that Oxford’s Dekaylin ‘D.K.’ Metcalf is the most physically opposing wide receiver in Mississippi high school football.
The senior, who will begin his fourth year as a varsity starter this fall, is as big of an offensive play-maker as they come, but got his start in football elsewhere.
“I was really born on defense,” Metcalf said. “In pee-wee football I was a corner. (In) 7th, 8th and 9th grade I was a safety. I played offense in the 9th grade but (Oxford’s varsity team) needed a defensive back and they didn’t have anybody else. They tried me over there and I was doing really good.”
Years after his first varsity start against Hernando in 2012, Metcalf continues to make college recruiters drool with his freakishly athletic plays and has lived up to his reputation as the top-ranked player in the state.
Stat breakdown: 79 receptions for 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior. That’s an average of 15.6 yards per catch.
Rankings: Four-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. Ranked No. 1 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22.
What makes him a Dandy: Metcalf’s notoriety as the No. 1 wide receiver and player in Mississippi’s 2016 class is much deserved. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, the wide out is a nightmare for teams to defend. He can run, jump, block and is hard to stop in motion. He doesn’t possess top end speed but stretches defenses deep and creates incredible mismatches. Metcalf grabs the ball at its highest point and uses his body to pull down tough catches. It’s also not out of the ordinary to see him jump over his opponents after making a play down the sideline. The wide receiver is just as effective in traffic as he is in the open field, and his strong hands and body control allow him to adjust to wherever the ball is thrown. Metcalf’s size and strength is often unmatched and has allowed him to consistently make highlight reel plays.
Where he’s going: Metcalf has been committed to Ole Miss for more than two years and has proudly taken on a role as the lead recruiter for Rebels in 2016 . Though the four-star wide out plans to take some of his official visits this fall, there’s little doubt that he’ll end up anywhere other than Oxford next year.
Best time to catch him this fall: Aug. 28 vs. Starkville. The “Little Egg Bowl” as it’s being dubbed will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU as part of the GEICO ESPN High School Kickoff. The matchup features the Class 5A runner-up and a Class 6A finalist, plus the top two wide receivers in Mississippi in Metcalf and Yellowjackets‘ A.J. Brown.
What they said: “I call him a ‘freak of nature,'” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “I’ve had faster, I’ve had bigger, but as far as the total package, he’s as good as you’re going to find. He’s an unbelievable DB. He can throw the ball 60 yards. He has so much talent and hasn’t even played his best game yet.”
Worth noting: D.K. Metcalf is the son of former Ole Miss/NFL offensive guard Terrence Metcalf, who was a 1996 Dandy Dozen at Clarksdale. The wide receiver is the first Dandy Dozen selection from Oxford.
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