MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Maryville three-star offensive lineman and class of 2023 recruit Cal Grubbs will play college football at Liberty University, he announced Sunday afternoon.
Grubbs made his choice between a final three of Liberty, Duke University and Miami University. He revealed that list in a tweet on Tuesday.
The center said that Liberty had been a frontrunner since he first visited the school in March.
"That really started it for me," Grubbs said. "Ever since, they've been a top school. Every single conversation I've had with my parents, they've been in that top school area."
Grubbs' commitment is the culmination of a nearly two-year-long process that started in February 2021.
"Sophomore year I got my first offer from Eastern Kentucky," Grubbs said. "I was like, 'wow, so this is something I can actually do.' and then I got one from Ole Miss a few months later and I really thought [playing college football] was going to be a good possibility."
Grubbs decided on Liberty among 22 scholarship offers in total. He said the process has also taught him a few lessons as he reached his final decision.
"It's helped me learn to be patient with things, and you can't take things for granted at all," Grubbs said. "I've learned to deal with a lot of stress throughout it all."
The 247Sports composite rankings have Grubbs as the No. 41 recruit in Tennessee in the class of 2023 and the 84th-ranked inside offensive lineman in his class. Grubbs is listed at 6-foot-4 and 290 lbs.