Duke of Memphis

Arkansas' quest for some speedy wideouts has led the Razorbacks to Memphis where Raleigh-Egypt star Duke Calhoun (6-4, 190, 4.4) is one of the city's best athletes and has the Razorbacks in his top 5.

Memphis (Tenn.) Raleigh Egypt wideout Duke Calhoun is Big Time.

At least that's what the University of Arkansas assistant coach Danny Nutt told him when he and Razorback head coach Houston Nutt visited Calhoun in his home a few days ago.

"Coach Danny Nutt just kept calling me Big Time, Big Time," Calhoun said. "I liked that a lot. He and Coach (Houston) Nutt were really cool and made a great impression on me. I know they are a program on the rise and I think it might be a great deal to play there."

As Calhoun (6-4, 190, 4.4) did foes and college coaches alike this season while catching 35 passes for 533 yards and five touchdowns and also picked off four passes and took two of them back for touchdowns.

He certainly has his fans such as Raleigh-Egypt principal Dr. Oscar Love, who watched several of his team's stars transfer to other schools before the season.

""We really appreciate him staying and sticking with us through this football season," Love told the Commercial Appeal. "He's not getting near the publicity he deserves. In my estimation, he's probably the best athlete in the city. He's an outstanding football player, an outstanding basketball player and an outstanding young man around the school."

Arkansas has certainly been paying him a lot of attention lately, including Dannny Nutt watching him pump in 20 points, grab 10 rebounds and blocked five shots in a 59-47 win over White Station on Dec. 10.

"I really like the Arkansas coaches," Calhoun said. "They make me feel very wanted."

Calhoun, who is set to visit Ole Miss (Jan. 13-15), Tennessee (Jan. 20-22) and Arkansas (Jan. 27-29) in the next month.

"I think i have great speed and great hands and a good ability to make plays," Calhoun said. "Arkansas was telling me they think I can come in and start helping them make some right away."

The Nutt brothers made it clear where Arkansas offense is headed under new offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

"Arkansas already has a good quarterback there (Casey Dick) and might have another one coming in (Mitch) Mustain," Calhoun said. "Either way they made it clear to me that they are going to be pass more and really try to be more balanced. That's what I am looking for is a balanced attack that can both run and pass the ball."

Calhoun, who already has a 24 on his ACT, has already taken an official visit to Memphis and an unofficial visit to Alabama.

"That's the five schools that I am going to look at - Arkansas, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Alabama," Calhoun said. "That's a good list. No one is really the leader out of that bunch right now. I have got a liot more visits to take and compare everything."


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