December 19, 2010

MSU battling Big East schools for Calhoun

One of the prospects that the Michigan State coaching staff is looking to add to the class of 2011 is Shilique Calhoun of Middletown North High School in New Jersey. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect has double-digit offers and is focused on a few select teams. SpartanMag.com was able catch-up with Middletown North Head Coach Joe Trezza and learned more about Calhoun andhis recruitment.

Rivals.com ranks Calhoun a 3-star recruit and the #20 player in New Jersey for the class of 2011. He holds a host of scholarship offers, but has narrowed his focus down to Michigan State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. The Spartan coaching staff, led by primary recruiter Pat Narduzzi, has been to see Calhoun multiple times thus fall. SpartanMag.com, asked Coach Trezza about his star players recruitment.

"Shilique is currently evaluating a couple schools," he said. "He loved his visit to Michigan State and they are very high on his list. Shilique was thinking about this Wednesday making a decision. However, with a couple of coaching changes it might delay it, but he is not sure."

The main coaching change that Coach Trezza is referring to is the firing of Dave Wannstedt at Pitt. The Panthers have since hired Miami of Ohio Coach Mike Haywood, but the impact on recruiting has been significant. Nearly half of the verbally committed players to Pitt have re-opened their recruitment. Many of those players are expected to sign with BCS programs that have a more stable coaching situation.

Calhoun has multiple position ability (defensive end or tight end), but the teams that are recruiting him the hardest all envision him coming off the edge and getting after the quarterback.

"Shilique is a young man who has a tremendous upside," Coach Trezza stated. "Shilique's strengths is his athletic ability. He is a 6-foot-5, big, fast player. His is very coachable, smart player. I think he has potential to be a very good DE and if needed TE. He will need to put on size but I feel that he could do very well."

One of the reasons why teams are high on Calhoun is due to the fact that many believe his best football is ahead of him. Calhoun has only started to scratch the surface of just how good he can be.

"Shilique has only played football for the past 4 years," Coach Trezza said." He is a basketball player that we recruited out for football and it has turned out very successful. His junior year he made a leaping one handed catch and it just confirmed his potential. He has a great first step."

SpartanMag.com will continue to follow the recruitment of Calhoun as it unfolds. Michigan State is in a position where they are looking for high-level edge rushers to follow-up the class of 2010 which featured 5-Star All-American William Gholston. Calhoun would be a very welcomed addition to the class of 2011.


SpartanMag.com's Take:

Calhoun reminds us of another former New Jersey athlete that Michigan State evaluated several years ago, Jyles Tucker of Morristown, New Jersey. Tucker was an outstanding athlete who was known more for his prowess on the hardwood than the gridiron coming out of high school.

Michigan State may have signed Tucker, but he ended up having to attend Hargraves Military Prep School before heading to Wake Forest. That will not be the issue with Calhoun as he is a solid student.

If the Spartans add Calhoun, he will be in a position where he could have an opportunity to redshirt and add the quality size he will need to be effective in a conference as physical as the Big Ten. Calhoun will likley be one of the 250-pound edge players that causes problems for 300-pound offensive tackles.


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