Cassius Calhoun Now At Casady

Cassius Calhoun was all set to be a standout defender this season at Richardson Pearce High School in Texas but instead he will be seen running the ball and stopping the run for the Casady Cyclones, an elite private school in OKlahoma City.

Calhoun is the son of former Oklahoma State Cowboy linebacker Chris Calhoun, a two-year letterman that compiled 47 tackles in those two seasons 1990-91. In fact, both his father and mother went to college at Oklahoma State.

Cassius is a bright young man with a bright football future. He has played two years already of 4A football in Texas at Pearce. The 6-0, 210-pound Calhoun ran a 4.49 laser timed forty at Pearce and a hand held watch 4.46 at Casady.

His physical numbers are impressive with a 300-pound bench press max and a 600-pound squat max. He has competed in pwoer lifting and said he will compete in basketball and track at Casady. He has a 33-inch vertical.

Watching him in practice, he is big but he glides the way he moves and should have a lot of success at running back, a position he probably would not have played at Pearce.

"I'm pretty tired. We've had a lot of conditioning," said Calhoun of adjusting to the move to Oklahoma. "It's smaller but I am getting the hang of it and the guys on the team here work really hard."

As for playing some running back this season, Calhoun has confidence.

"I've always made things happen when I have had the ball in my hands," said Calhoun. "I just haven't had too many opportunitoes to do that."

As for recruiting, which mark my words will begin soon for Calhoun, he said he has attended camps at Oklahoma State and he has that parental tie. But he also has some uncles that you may have heard of named Lucious, Lee Roy, and Dewey. That's right, his uncles are the Selmon brothers.

"They always gave my dad a hard time about going to Oklahoma State," said Calhoun of the family bedlam. "They would also give my mom a hard time but not as much. My uncle Lucious is trying to get me to go to games down there. I like them both, but like I said I have been to camps at OSU."

It will be fun to watch Cassius Calhoun this season as he teams with a couple of other outstanding juniors at Casady in two-way lineman Graham Bennett and linebacker Garrison Lee.

Casady opens on Aug. 27 at Fort Worth All Saints and then plays at home on Sept. 2 in the Polo Bowl against neighboring rival Heritage Hall and Barry Sanders.

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