Calhoun excited for shot against Rutgers

The Michigan State defensive end and New Jersey native is eager for the November game when Rutgers comes to East Lansing.

Shilique Calhoun has spent his first three years at Michigan State seeing his teammates from around the Midwest get to play against their home state schools.

Now, the Spartans’ defensive end is ready to get his chance to play against his home state school when Rutgers comes to East Lansing on Nov. 2..

“It really is exciting to be able to play my home team,” said the Middletown, N.J. native.

It was an opportunity Calhoun never thought he would get when he committed to Michigan State as the Scarlet Knights were playing in the Big East. As the Big Ten has continued to expand, though, Rutgers and Maryland joined the conference and now Calhoun will be afforded the chance he has seen his teammates enjoy.

“I feel like a lot of guys from the Big Ten are from the Midwest, like Ohio and Ohio guys come to Michigan State and Ohio guys go to Michigan, they get to play Ohio State,” he said. ”For me, it’s like finally, I get to play my home state where I can have fun and showcase my abilities in front of the coaches that were recruiting me and not only that but there are some familiar faces on the Rutgers team that were being recruited with me.

”It will be nice to play against those guys.”

During his recruiting process, Calhoun took an official visit to Rutgers and said it was a school that played a big role in his recruitment.

”I loved the opportunity of staying home, close to home, and they had a program on the up and up,” he said. “I would have been happy to be a part of it, but I felt more comfortable here at Michigan State.”

And if he stays for his senior year, he would get a chance to play at Rutgers.

“That would be fun,” he said.

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