Before the calendar hits June, this Calendar has turned the page.
Caddo Mills (Texas) High defensive end Ryan Calendar (6-8, 220, 4.8) publicly committed to the University of Arkansas on Wednesday to give the Razorbacks five commits in the 2009 class.
Calendar, who also plays baseball, basketball and even runs the 440 and mile relay for his school's track team, visited the UA campus last Friday.
"I was just very impressed with the coaches, the facilities and the way they seem to put academics before athletics," Calendar said. "They are a program that is in bowls all the time and I just feel like it is going to be a very good place for me."
The Razorbacks gave Calendar, who had 80 tackles, 10 sacks and 20 tackles for losses this season, his first scholarship offer back in March.
Since then Rice, Texas, Texas A&M, California, Nebraska, Tennessee, Arizona and North Texas have all been to see him and several of those have said offers were imminent.
But UA assistant Bobby Allen now has this propect locked up before the stampede for new head coach Bobby Petrino's first full recruiting class.
"Coach Allen is just wonderful and has been a big help in getting me all the info that I need to make the right decision," Calendar said. "Coach Petrino is a really great guy, has been in the NFL and knows what he is doing. I think it is a great place for me."
Caddo Mills went 12-0 last season before losing in the Class 2A quarterfinals to Farmersville.
Their two playoff wins were the first in the school's history.
"We have been around for awhile, but had not been able to win in the playoffs," Calendar said. "We got rid of what we had been calling the Caddo Mills curse."
Calendar, who entered his junior season standing 6-5, plays first base and pitcher in baseball and patrols the paint obviously in basketball. Amazing, he has the speed to run both the 440 and mile relay.
"One of my strengths is my speed and my ability to get to the ball on the football field," Calendar said. "I've grown to 6-8 ½ now and it allows me to do a lot of things."
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