Calhoun Set to be a Sooner

Five-star running back Jermie Calhoun joined five-star running back Justin Johnson this April giving Oklahoma an absolutely ridiculous tandem in the offensive backfield in their Class of 2008. Calhoun has been working hard to get better in the off season, something the coaching staff is thrilled about.

Jermie Calhoun was just given a five-star ranking from the recruiting experts at and will most likely be ranked as one of the top running backs in the entire country when all is said and done. For many athletes that type of early praise and could be a recipe for disaster, but for this 6-foot, 210-pound ball carrier, complacency will not be an issue.

"I have been doing really well lately and have been spending a lot of time working out to get my body right and back where I want it to be," Calhoun said. "I had taken a week off to relax and have just been getting at it hard since then to increase my speed and agility. I have a personal trainer that I work with a lot and have been doing things like pulling tires and doing a lot of rope drills which are really helping. We go all-out four days a week and then I give my body a three-day weekend to recuperate."

Calhoun made a recent visit to Norman for camp and got to talk to the entire coaching staff again, see the campus and participate in the activities taking place, but as it turned out, the Van, Texas native was a little underdressed.

"I went up there on Sunday and Monday for camp and didn't know we were wearing uppers, so they had to go get me some should pads and a helmet," Calhoun laughed. "I thought I did well at the camp. I still felt a bit rusty doing the rope drills, but other then that I thought I did well and let me tell you, it was just a lot of fun to get those pads on again and run around. I spent some time up there getting to know some of the recruits like Landry Jones and then was trying to recruit Taylor Thompson for a while too."

With two running backs in the same class that are so highly rated, obviously the Oklahoma coaching staff is going to pay extra attention to make sure both end up Sooners on signing day. While Calhoun was on campus he talked to the coaching staff about his commitment and where he stood.

"I spoke with Coach (Bob) Stoops, Coach (Cale) Gundy and Coach (Josh) Heupel for a while and they firmed me up and made sure I was still solid in my commitment to Oklahoma," Calhoun explained. "I told them I was excited to be there and was 100-percent with the program. Spending those two days on campus just made me that much more excited to play at Oklahoma because I was able to bond with the coaching staff and players from the incoming class."

Over the course of the past two seasons at Van High School, Calhoun has gained over 3500 yards out of the backfield and touched the end zone 57 times. His focus going forward is to continue become a more complete athlete and get ready for his senior season.

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