After RU Visit, Is Calhoun Close to Decision?

One of the most athletic players in New Jersey's 2011 class is Middletown (N.J.) North High's Shilique Calhoun. He made an official visit to Rutgers this weekend, afterward he spoke to about it. He listed the five schools he is looking at, and gave a timetable for making a decision. He also had a conversation with the Rutgers staff about his future position.

Middletown (N.J.) North High's Shilique Calhoun returned from his weekend visit to Rutgers, then said he could make a decision on a school in the next three weeks.

Calhoun added he is pared his list to five choices. He already took official visits to Michigan State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, and doesn't have any other official visits set. He also said he does not have a leader.

"I'm trying to get it done this month," the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Calhoun said. "Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Syracuse is still in there, and Pittsburgh (are in it). Right now, me and my family are thinking it out, trying to figure out what we're going to do and where we're going to go, from a college standpoint."

Calhoun's visit to Rutgers allowed him to develop a better rapport with the players. He also spoke with the Rutgers staff about where he would fit in, which could include playing tight end or defensive end.

"We were discussing it," Calhoun said. "I might end up playing tight end, I'm not sure. Both sides work. Right now, it's whatever I can get."

Calhoun was hosted by fellow Jersey Shore product Tim Wright, a receiver who played at Wall High.

"He's a real cool guy," Calhoun said. "We went out for a little bit and …had a night on the town."

That was Friday, then the recruits and their families were treated to a trip to New York, where they bowled, shot pool and hung out at an establishment near Times Square.

And while Calhoun has been there before, it was a new experience going with so many other people.

"I've been to New York before, but it's always amazing to go there and check out the view and things like that," he said. "It was real nice going to Times Square. (The Florida) kids were a little surprised. I was talking to one guy and he was like, ‘Whoa! I've never been here. This is amazing.' The first-time experience is a lot of fun."

The trip to New York also offers a unique mix of competition and camaraderie.

"Everyone was interacting, and it was real competitive because who wants to lose at bowling?" Calhoun said. "Everybody thinks they're the best. We had a fun time. It was a real good time."

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