Calhoun pledges to ASU

After a successful official visit during the Washington-ASU game, it was only a matter of time that the El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star linebacker was going to commit to the Sun Devils. That announcement came today as D.J. Calhoun, who decommitted from USC shortly after his Tempe trip, called up the Arizona State coaches with his announcement.

"He felt comfortable on his (ASU) visit and really liked the coaches," said D.J.'s father, Rock Calhoun. "I thought he should have taken another trip before making a decision but he told me that he has already been to those places that were in touch with him.

"He has talked to me and told me how he feels about Arizona State and chose not to wait and commit to them. I think this will work for him and I will support him all the way."

The 6-1 205-pound D.J. Calhoun who selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is rated as a four-star prospect, the No. 10 outside linebacker nationally.

"Calhoun is one of the most physical hitters you'll see at the position in the region," the West Recruiting Team informed. "Could drop back and play safety or be a mini-backer, but is great in run support and dropping into coverage."

"Pound-for-pound, may be the best linebacker in the (West) region and is definitely the toughest."

As a 2012 junior, Calhoun was named League Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-League. Named First Team All-East Bay as a junior. Named All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle. Named Second Team All-Northern California by CalHiSports.

"Arizona State's defense really fits his style," Calhoun said. "He doesn't matter if he plays Spur or Will. He's an aggressive and quick linebacker that flows to the ball. So as a coach I think he fits that style very well. "

Aside from the football aspect of the Sun Devil program, Calhoun said that he and his son have been impressed with Arizona State's academics and their support of their student-athletes.

"When I came on the visit, my biggest thing was to learn about their academics," Calhoun explained. "Academics to me are first and foremost. Some people think you may be crazy that you are not choosing a USC or UCLA but after what I saw academically there I know it's a better fit for D.J. at Arizona State and what he is aspiring to do.

"D.J. also has aspirations of getting to the NFL and not that he can't do that at other schools but he can do it there at Arizona State. He's happy with the academics there at Arizona State and that is his choice."

Calhoun said that his son indicated to him that he wasn't going to take anymore visits unless there was a staff change that took place, an event that both of them deemed as unlikely.

D.J. Calhoun is ASU's 18th known verbal commitment of the 2014 recruiting class and joins his El Cerrito teammate, wide receiver Jalen Harvey, who was also visiting Tempe at the same time and decommitted from Cal in favor of ASU this past Monday.

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