Reaching Out To A New Target

New names inevitably pop up on the recruiting front the closer teams get to national signing day, and a new one for Ohio State fans is Jermie Calhoun, a five-star prospect from Texas. Although two verbal members of OSU's class of 2008 have been in contact, does Calhoun have any interest in the Buckeyes? has the answers.

As the calendar inches closer to national signing day, Ohio State is continuing to look for new names to help close out its class of 2008. One position the coaching staff has recently begun pursuing a little more heavily is running back, and it appears two of the school's unofficial ambassadors have found a target they like.

His name is Jermie Calhoun, and he has been described by analysts as the next Adrian Peterson. A 6-0, 210-pound tailback, Calhoun is a five-star prospect and ranked as the No. 3 running back in the country by

As a senior at Van, Texas, Calhoun rushed for 1,908 yards and 30 touchdowns. As a junior, he received all-state honors and was named his district's offensive player of the year after amassing 1,726 yards and more than 20 touchdowns.

Although he verbally committed to Oklahoma back in March, that has not stopped two verbal members of OSU's class of 2008 from trying to sell him on the merits of being a Buckeye.

Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater's Michael Brewster and Klein, Texas', J.B. Shugarts, both offensive linemen, have been in contact with Calhoun.

"They were just saying nothing really too much, just how they have a good school and a good program and that I need to come up there and check them out," he told

However, it appears that contact between prospects might be the only connection between Calhoun and the Buckeyes. Calhoun said he has never spoken with the OSU coaches and that he had not spoken to Brewster or Shugarts since "probably a month ago."

Although Calhoun said he grew up rooting for Texas, he knew he wanted to play in the Big 12 and was excited to commit to the Sooners.

"I just wanted to go to a Big 12 school," he said. "I just like the conference. I just grew up watching the Big 12 really. Where I'm from it's Oklahoma and Texas."

He committed early to get the decision out of the way, in essence.

"There was a lot of pressure," he said. "I had a lot of recruits talking to me every night and I had to focus on my upcoming season and my schoolwork, so I decided to commit early and OU was the team that I wanted to commit to."

As it stands, Calhoun said he can not foresee a situation where he would reconsider his verbal commitment to the Sooners – a sentiment he has maintained all along.

Asked if he could see himself de-committing for any reason, he replied: "No, I'm still at OU right now."

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