Calhoun has a blast at Minnesota

Summit (Miss.) Southwest Mississippi community college offensive guard Vincent Calhoun took his first official visit to Minnesota during the middle of last week and he spoke with GopherDigest about the visit and where things are headed now in his recruiting.

Summit (Miss.) Southwest Mississippi community college offensive guard Vincent Calhoun took his first official visit to Minnesota during the middle of last week and he spoke with GopherDigest about the visit and where things are headed now in his recruiting.

"The visit was great," Calhoun said to GopherDigest. "When I first got there early in the morning on Wednesday, we went to this nice restaurant called the Beacon this in Minneapolis and they had some real good omelettes. My father and I made the trip up there and we got to meet with some of the coaches then and enjoy a nice breakfast. On Wednesday, we also went over to the stadium to see everything and I came away very impressed. We saw Coach Kill's suite and all that, but my favorite part was the locker room. It definitely had the feel of an NFL locker room and facility and to just be in it gave me goosebumps. It was very cool. We also got to head over to Fogo de Chao on Thursday night and that was also a highlight for me. The food there was absolutely unbelievable and getting to spend with the coaches was really nice too. A lot of the coaches were there such as Coach Limegrover, Glasscock, Schaekel, Sawvel and some others and we got to know them a little better too. My host Jonathan Celestin was there and another recruit who was on his visit too. Before we left yesterday, we went over to the Mall of America where we hit up a few stories, but I had to make sure I bought a Minnesota hat and sweatshirt before I left, so overall it was a blast for the last two and a half days."

Getting setup with another recruit from Georgia was nice for Calhoun.

"I'm originally from Georgia, so it was good to talk with another guy like me, especially my host," Calhoun explained to GopherDigest. "I stayed over and his place both nights and I got to meet some of the incoming freshman and then the sophomores too, so that was all good. He was just telling me everything about Minnesota and we had some good talks about that. Jonathan said that the coaches really take care of you there and that Minneapolis is a lot like Atlanta where it's that big city feel. He also mentioned that you're expected to come ready to work each and every day and that the coaches hold you accountable to that, but I wouldn't have it any other way."

Head coach Jerry Kill and offensive line coach Matt Limegrover made sure to let Calhoun know he's a huge priority for the 2016 Minnesota class.

"Coach Limegrover told me that they're only taking one JUCO offensive lineman and that I'm the guy they want," Calhoun told GopherDigest. "He said that they think I can come in and compete right away next year and that I'd be a great fit for what they want to do. Coach Kill was with me my entire visit and he was always asking me if I had any questions he could answer, but honestly all the coaches did a great job of keeping me informed to where I feel very comfortable with everything Minnesota has to offer. Coach Kill just talked about how great Minnesota is academically and how coming there could set me up for life after football if I don't go to the NFL and I firmly believe he's right about that.

Despite a great official visit to the Twin Cities, the Mississippi JUCO OL wants to take his time and make sure he gets this decision right.

"I really really really liked my visit to Minnesota, but I want to take some more visits to compare to them," Calhoun said. "I have four other official visits that I don't want to waste and I want to make sure I can compare Minnesota to something as they were my first visit. I have very high interest in Minnesota as does my dad as he loved it there. I know that I could be set for life at Minnesota as they have 19 Fortune 500 companies in their backyard and Coach Kill has a lot of connections to them, so if football doesn't work out, I could still be very successful. I can honestly say that Minnesota is a place I can see myself at and I had a great time during my two days up there, but I just want to be sure I'm making the right decision for me."


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