A two-way player who excelled as a cornerback and a running back in high school ... Rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports … ESPN lists him as the No. 41 cornerback prospect in the nation, while 247Sports ranks him as the No. 69 cornerback … ESPN also lists him as the No. 59 overall prospect in Texas.
High School: Played running back and cornerback for coach Mickey Moss at Rockwall-Heath, finishing with 2,443 total rushing yards, 31 rushing touchdowns, 132 tackles, six passes defended, five forced fumbles, four interceptions and 10 tackles for loss ... As a senior, he finished with 1,329 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns on 199 carries ... Also recorded at least 100 rushing yards on five occasions in 2017 ... Averaged 7.8 yards per carry as a junior at Rockwall-Heath and crossed the 100-yard mark twice ... Tallied 90 total tackles over his final two years of high school, racking up 52 unassisted stops in the process ... Forced three fumbles as a junior in 2016 ... Occasionally handled kickoff return duties, averaging 17.0 yards per attempt in limited action ... Also competed in track and field ... Received all-academic honors as a junior ... Chose Oklahoma State over Arkansas, Colorado State, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, SMU, TCU, Virginia, Washington State and others.
Personal: Tanner Reese McCalister was born Jan. 27, 2000, in Dallas, Texas … Son of Cedric and Alice McCalister … Related to former OSU defensive end Greg McCalister … Plans to study Kinesiology at Oklahoma State.