Calhoun Says Official Visit To Rutgers On Tap

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. -- Defensive end Shilique Calhoun of Middletown (N.J.) High didn't have a great night on the field in a 35-0 loss to Manalapan (N.J.) High, but his extreme athleticism was on display even in the loss. Afterward, he spoke to about the game, and his recruitment, and he said will give Rutgers an official visit.

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – Friday night didn't go anything like Shilique Calhoun hoped, but the Middletown (N.J.) North High product still was upbeat and looking ahead after a disheartening 35-0 home loss to Manalapan (N.J.) High.

Afterward, Calhoun spoke about the game with, then delved into his recruitment, and said Rutgers will get an official visit from him.

"We've cut it down to a solid number, but we're trying to keep that under wraps right now," Calhoun said. "But, yes, Rutgers is still on the list. They're in my top three.

"We're trying to plan that in there. Because it's so close, it's much easier to get to. We're trying to do it later in the season because we know they're close."

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Calhoun holds double digits offers, and it appears Michigan State is another school that made his cut-down. He was set to visit East Lansing, Mich., last weekend, but inclement weather forced his game to be postponed, which meant he couldn't make the trip.

"Right now we're trying to get an official visit in with Michigan State," Calhoun said. "That didn't happen because our game got cancelled (last week) and moved to Sunday.

"There's a lot of colleges on the list. I can't choose one until I visit and understand what they have in store for me."

One of the unknowns in Calhoun's recruitment is his affinity toward basketball. Although he is considered a much bigger prospect on the gridiron, he may elect to play basketball in college.

"I'm not really concerned about basketball," Calhoun said. "I'm not sure yet. I'm trying to weigh my options."

In the loss to Manalapan, Calhoun had a pair of catches for 17 yards, including a sensational one-handed diving catch in the third quarter that showcased his athleticism.

Defensively, which is where most college programs envision him playing, he had one tackle for loss but was neutralized much of the night as Manalapan quarterback and Rutgers commit Mike Bimonte orchestrated 35 first-half points.

After the game, Bimonte said he told Calhoun to join him at Rutgers.

"It was a bad game. We came out pretty slow," Calhoun said. "We came out unprepared. Our coach prepared us, but we came out unprepared with our minds. I didn't think they would throw it that much, but I knew they would throw it some. …We're going to make it back when we play Marlboro (N.J.) High next week."

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