BYU rugby's sophomore center, Calvin Whiting, greets everyone he meets with a smile, but has the ability to turn on his aggression when it's game time.
"I've always been able to turn my mind on [to game mode] when I need to," Whiting said of his ability to channel his mental focus into whatever he pursues. "I tell myself that this is business."
Whiting, 20, spent the first fifteen years of his life in South Africa in what he describes as a competitive home. He learned early on how to commit and work towards a goal thanks to his competitive relationship with his older brother and older sister. Whiting's mother and father divorced near the beginning of his time in high school leading his mother to move to Utah in pursuit of a fresh start. Not wanting his mother to go through the transition on her own, Whiting chose to follow her to Utah where his rugby career started to mature.
Despite donning a helmet and pads for one season on Lone Peak High School's football team, Whiting's love for rugby turned to a focused passion which resulted in him putting in the work as a rugger. Whiting's hard work earned him a spot on the United States high school All-American team helping him take his abilities to the next level.
"The expectations for being a high school All-American is high class," Whiting said of his experience representing the U.S. as a high schooler. "You're always fighting for your position. You are always expected to work hard and have great fundamentals. It's important to put in the work even when you're not with the team."
Playing with his fellow high school All-Americans helped him develop his skills and increased his knowledge of the game Whiting added. The competitive environment prepared him to be a contributing member of the five-time national championship BYU rugby team.