Calhoun looks ahead to visits

Pitt has continued its recruiting success in New Jersey, by landing a verbal commitment from Don Bosco quarterback Gary Nova last week. Earlier this spring, they continued their success in recruiting tight ends, landing Sam Collura from DeMatha, its first commitment of the class.

With Middletown North's Shilique Calhoun, the Panthers get the best of both worlds. Even though Calhoun is listed as a tight end, he is being recruited by most schools--including the Panthers--as a defensive end.

With N.C. State as his most recent offer, Calhoun also lists Syracuse, Rutgers, Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh, as his official offers.

"I'm getting recruited at defensive end," Calhoun said. "I haven't talked anything specific (with the schools that have offered him). I'm just trying to work my way out to all the colleges, and check them out. I need to see every college before making my decision."

Calhoun said he not only plans on taking an unofficial visit to Pitt over the next month, but that he'd also like to use one of his five official visits on the Panthers, in the fall.

"I think I might end up taking an official, and an unofficial (to Pitt)," Calhoun said.

The biggest thing, with Pitt, is his impression of the Pitt coaching staff. Most of his contact has been the Pitt coaching staff communicating with his head coach. With an unofficial visit, he hopes to gain an even better impression.

"It's real good, we talk a lot, even though we have to talk a lot through my coach," Calhoun said. "I just like the coaches. That's going to be the biggest part (in choosing a school). I'm going to be dealing with them wherever I go. If I get along with the coaches, then it seems like the right place to be."

Calhoun was once in Pittsburgh for a basketball tournament. This would be his first football-related visit. Outside of Pitt, Calhoun said his coach has talked a lot with Rutgers and Boston College.

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