Calhoun: 'Fullback is natural to me'

Recent Miami commit, FB/LB John Calhoun spoke with CanesTime.com about his road to UM and his shocking position change.

"This season went pretty good for me," John Calhoun said. "As a team we didn't do to good, as in we didn't make the playoffs, but we worked hard and did the best we could."

The 6-foot-2 230 pounder from Sebastian River High School (FL) started off the season playing middle linebacker for the Sharks. On the season, he recorded 98 tackles, four for a loss, five sacks, and one interception. He also played defensive end on both the right and left side.

However, around mid-season, he received a shocking position change.

"I moved to fullback after the fifth game after Randy Shannon asked to put me there," Calhoun said.

The move was shocking considering who the call came from. Bethel had sent in game tape of Calhoun a few weeks prior to the University of Miami and had discussed at length the possibilities of offering Calhoun a scholarship.

"I was shocked," Calhoun said. "Coach Bethel told me a good friend gave him a call, it was Randy Shannon, and he asked (Coach Bethel) to do this. I said alright."

Calhoun made the move to fullback effortlessly.

"It was natural. In tenth grade I played it but moved away from it, I just find it more natural to me."

Calhoun would describe himself as a "hard nosed football player."

"I go out and give it the best every time. I give it 100% in practice, because if I do, it pays off in a game. I practice like I play, and that means playing. I like to play."

Calhoun is being recruiting by linebacker coach Mike Barrow.

"He is a real nice guy. Docile and listens to what you are saying. Definitely a great guy and great coach. He was going to make a visit, but he had family things, so Tim Walton came."

Calhoun discusses what he thought of Walton.

"He is a good guy. He was honest and just it all out to my parents. They plan on using me at fullback and even some linebacker. They ask me all of the time which one prefer and I tell them fullback."

He has a scheduled visit to Miami on the weekend of December 14th. The way the University promotes a family atmosphere is what really attracts Calhoun to Coral Gables.

"Down there, it is all about family. They are interested in doing everything together and making a strong team. I'm also very interested because of the good academics."

Calhoun reports a weight GPA of 4.23 and un-weighted of 3.78. He scored a 20 on ACT which means he is a full qualifier. He is an early enrollee candidate and hopes to get on campus in January to pursue a degree in sports medicine.


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