Gophers JUCO OL Vincent Calhoun is ready to be the next Michael Oher for Minnesota

Southwest (Miss.) C.C. offensive lineman and new Gopher signee Vincent Calhoun is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with GopherDigest.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at in a few weeks?

VC: I'm about 6'5" and 330 pounds and I think that's what they want me around.

GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

VC: My individual goals are to improve on my weaknesses and turn them into strengths and as a team, I want to win that Big Ten championship. 

GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

VC: I'm looking forward to getting stronger and more technically sound as a player. I'm already pretty strong, but I want to keep working on that strength every day that I'm up there and I have to work on my technique as well. 

GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

VC: Playing in my first game at TCF Bank Stadium. I took my official visit to Minnesota during the summer, so I was never able to see a game there except on TV. It's always loud there and there's a lot of people at each game and I can't wait to run out of the tunnel for the first time. 

GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

VC: My connection with the coaching staff. There was some change and Coach Claeys and staff kept me in the loop the whole time and I just really like them as people as well. They're going to push me to be a better people along with a player and that meant a lot to me. 

GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

VC: Wisconsin. When I was up there on my visit, Minnesota had the Jug, Pig and some others and I noticed the Axe wasn't there. I want to get that Axe back to Minnesota. 

GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

VC: All set.

GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

VC: I'm very interested in majoring in Criminal Justice and so I think I could be working for the FBI or Secret Service. Somewhere in the Criminal Justice field. 

GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

VC: As I said earlier, even though there were major changes, Coach Claeys and staff always told me that if I have any questions to tell them immediately and they'd answer them. They also told me that they're there for me no matter what and I like how they operate. 

GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

VC: What I'd always heard that Minnesota just has snow all year round and when I went up for my visit, I was shocked to see how nice it was up there. I toured the whole campus and everything and just couldn't believe how nice it was. 

GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

VC: The coaching staff has sold me that I'll be coming in and battling at the left guard position. That's where I expect to play. They've also mentioned tackle, but they already have a guy there that they like. 

GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

VC: They love that I'm a "road-grader" and that I play smash mouth football. That's what they want from their offensive linemen as they want to run the ball and move people. 

GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

VC: I haven't yet, but from what the coaches have told me, they're a great bunch of guys and I can't wait to meet them here in a few weeks. 

GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

VC: Since I was in high school, people have always called me, "Big Mike", after Michael Oher. I guess they've called me that because I'm a real nice guy off the field, but when I step on gridiron for a game, I flip the switch. I'm not someone you'd want to line up against. So I've always like Michael Oher because of that."

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