October 19, 2010

New Jersey standout enjoys visit to Michigan State

This past weekend Michigan State was able to host one of the top recruits in the state of New Jersey for the class of 2011, Shilique Calhoun of Middletown North High School. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect has an impressive list of suitors and the Spartans have set the bar high for those teams. SpartanMag.com spoke with Calhoun and got some details on his visit.

"I went out with my family, Calhoun stated. "We decided to drive out since I had a bye this weekend. It was awesome; I really enjoyed myself out there."

Calhoun, who is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, is being recruited for the Spartans by Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi. The Spartans view Calhoun as someone who can come in and be an effective defensive end and pass rush specialist. Having Calhoun on campus at this point in time is a strong sign that he is a player who is very high on the Michigan state recruiting bard. We asked Calhoun about some of the details about his time on campus.

"It was a lot of fun, I spent time hanging out with defensive end William Gholston and offensive linemen Arthur Ray, they were real nice guys. I went to Midnight Madness and that was great. I got to speak with the basketball coach (Tom Izzo) and he talked about how much he likes the direction of the football program. I enjoyed the football game too. On one play I saw Coach Narduzzi run on the field and pretty much tackle one of his player because he was so excited about what he did. It is obvious the coaches and players have a good relationship."

As far as scholarship offers, Calhoun indicated that he is not sure of the exact number, he does know that the number is in double-digits and some of the other schools he is looking seriously at include Wes Virginia and North Carolina State. Calhoun indicated he might take a visit to Morgantown this coming weekend.

If Calhoun does make a visit to West Virginia this weekend, the Mountaineers will to put on an impressive showing.

"I plan on using my Michigan State visit as a way to compare the schools I am looking at. It is going to be tough to top the visit to Michigan State. I would give the visit a 10 (on scale of 1-10) I liked everything I saw, plus having Gerard Butler come in when watching 300 was awesome."

Calhoun is a solid student and he indicated that he and his parent were able to visit the Engineering School at Michigan State as he is thinking about Mechanical Engineer as a possible major. Calhoun understands that a football scholarship is a great opportunity to set himself up for life academically.

Calhoun stated that the Spartans did mention the current scholarship situation and the fact that the strong start has a lot of kids wanting to make a commitment and secure a spot at Michigan State University. Calhoun talked about that.
"I talked with Coach Dantonio and Coach Narduzzi. They said that things are getting tight, but that I should make sure that I am comfortable with my decision and they have a spot for me. Coach Narduzzi said he is going to come in and see me soon."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Calhoun in the coming weeks. Calhoun is an impressive prospect that not only excels on the football field, but the basketball court as well. He would be a solid addition to what is shaping up to be a very impressive class.

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