Shilique Calhoun Looking at Five

Shilique Calhoun, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Middletown (N.J.) North is looking at five schools. He already made one official visit, and has tentative plans for two other visits and knows one other school he will trip to. Calhoun spoke to about his plans, his recruitment, and how it relates to Rutgers.

Shilique Calhoun doesn't have an etched-in-stone top five, but five schools are standing out to the Middletown (N.J.) North High defensive end.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Calhoun already took a visit to Michigan State, he is planning official trips to West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, and North Carolina State remains involved as well.

As it stands, the Scarlet Knights are in very good position to be the last school Calhoun visits, which could give Rutgers an advantage to close in the final weeks before signing day.

Calhoun, who is also being looked at as a tight end, is trying to schedule a visit to West Virginia this weekend, but a consolation round playoff game could force a chance in plans. He is set to visit Pittsburgh for the Thanksgiving weekend "Backyard Brawl" between the Panthers and Mountaineers.

"I'm hoping to go (to West Virginia this weekend)," Calhoun said. "Right now it depends because we have a game that might be Friday or Saturday, so I'm not sure exactly."

He does not have dates set for trips to Rutgers or N.C. State, but said he is speaking regularly with the Scarlet Knights staff.

"We talk on a weekly basis," Calhoun said. "They call me every week, and they want me to come check out a game. No official visit because they said I should come for that after the season because they say it won't do it justice (during the season).

"They won't have as much attention to me because they're more focused on their players because it's a game atmosphere and they have to pay attention to what they have to do for the game that week. They told me to come check out a game and let them know when I'm coming down."

Calhoun isn't expected to attend Saturday's game against Syracuse, which leaves the Nov. 26 contest against Louisville as the only other option to take in a game.

When it comes to recruiting, though, Calhoun said discussions don't center around whether he will play defensive end or tight end.

"We don't talk about positions that much," he said. "Basically, we just discuss the school. They tell me that I could play both sides of the ball, but we don't really get that detailed about it."

Calhoun doesn't have a preference as to playing offense or defense.

"Both sides of the ball are fine for me," he said. "If it was a passing team, I'd love to be a tight end. It's nice to be the one scoring the touchdowns. Defense, it's also fun making tackles and being the highlighted player."

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