Recruiting: Best in Texas high on Sooners's No. 1 player in Texas talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


When you become No. 1 in anything it is something special. And it is really special when you are regarded as the No. 1 player in Texas. When came out with their first official Texas Top 100, it was Van, Texas' Jermie Calhoun who was at the top of the list.

"I was happy, but I am one of those types of people that like's to stay humble," said Calhoun. "I know what I can do and I know I still have a lot of things that I need to work on from now until the season starts. So this is not going to change my attitude, I am still going to work hard to get better and improve. My friends and parents keep me updated where I am ranked and what people are saying about me. But I don't let that stuff get to me, I just work to keep my head on straight."

Calhoun dominated East Texas football last season rushing for 1,803 yards and 26 touchdowns. That followed a sophomore season where Calhoun rushed for 1,650 yards and 23 touchdowns.

"My friends and my relatives say I run like Herschal Walker," said Calhoun. "I am a power running back with good speed."

Calhoun went to summer camps at Texas and Stephen F. Austin a year ago, but he didn't get to go to many camps because he is also an outstanding basketball player (18 ppg) and played for a traveling summer all-star game last summer. Calhoun starts on the Van High School basketball team and also runs the 100M and 200M in track.

Despite his busy schedule, Calhoun is trying to set aside some time for Junior Days.

"I went to Oklahoma's Junior Day and had a good time," said Calhoun. "I was going to the Texas Junior Day, but I have changed my mind. For a minute they were telling my coach that they were going to recruit me, but now they have called my coach back and said they are not going to recruit me. I have no idea why are not going to recruit me, but if they are not then that is OK with me. If they are not going to offer me, I am not going to waste my time and go to their Junior Day."

Calhoun did make it to the Oklahoma's Junior Day, and he has been offered by the Sooners. Calhoun admits that he was impressed with the Sooners.

"I liked it down there in Norman because it is a small town atmosphere," said Calhoun. "I came form a small town and the coaches are great at OU. I also think OU has great academics and a great program. OU has a great offense and they know how to run the football. They know how to run the football, but they have a good passing attack which can help open up the running game."

Calhoun is another talented Texas prospect who has noticed the great start for the Sooners in recruiting for 2008.

"Yeah, they have some players up there at OU. Or players who are going to be up there," said Calhoun. "It is not just only me, but it is other people. I think that is going to be pretty good."

So just how interested in the Sooners is this future five-star?

"So far it is Oklahoma because they are the only Junior Day that I have been to," said Calhoun. "I am going to some more Junior Day's. I am going to try to go to Notre Dame's Junior Day this weekend. Florida wants me to come up there in the spring and I am going to try to make their spring game. I would have to say that I have the most interest in Oklahoma, but I am looking at Texas A&M and Alabama as well right now. I think I am going to go through the recruiting process and I will probably take my official visits."

Calhoun is going to receive a lot of recruiting attention and he knows what he is going to look for in making a decision.

"Academics are going to be the most important, and finding a school where I am going to feel comfortable," said Calhoun. "I am will try to find out how the coaches treat their players and how they work their players. I want a team that is going to run the ball, but not necessarily run it all the time."

Calhoun has not taken his ACT test yet, but will in March.

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