Jersey Athlete set for Visit to Rutgers

Middletown (N.J.) North TE/DE Shilique Calhoun has long been on Rutgers' radar, and last week he received a scholarship offer from the Scarlet Knights. He also holds one from Syracuse, and is being recruited by a number of other schools in the Northeast. Calhoun said he will visit Rutgers unofficially during spring practice, and gives insights into his thought process about his recruitment.

Shilique Calhoun attended Rutgers' last game of the 2009 season and got a taste of the school, but not enough to say he is informed when it comes to the Scarlet Knights.

So, the Middletown (N.J.) North two-way standout will make an unofficial visit to Rutgers later this month. The tight end/defensive end said he is tentatively set to visit Rutgers on March 29.

"I'm going on another trip just to see the surroundings, the atmosphere, and see how it goes,'' the 6-foot5, 220-pound Calhoun said. "I've got to see how it is, and understand what you have to do there, and how everybody reacts to me.''

Calhoun holds offers from Rutgers and Syracuse, and is getting strong interest from Maryland, Temple, Connecticut, Boston College and UCF.

But one lingering question regarding Calhoun is where he will play. Most of the schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, but Calhoun said Rutgers' interest is as a tight end.

"I think because of his inexperience, he's a natural athlete, with his size and natural ability, it may be easier to put him down all season than start to have him read coverages as a tight end,'' Middletown North coach Joe Trezza said. "He's just an explosive kid and he can jump, so don't get me wrong, he could be a weapon from the tight end spot.

"A lot of people see him as 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with the body frame of a kid who could be 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, and carry it, and not be sloppy with it. Everybody needs a pass rusher like that.''

Calhoun said he doesn't have a preference to play offense or defense.

His first trip to Rutgers came for the season finale against West Virginia. He was being recruited by Joe Susan, who left for the head job at Bucknell, but Rutgers' pursuit of Calhoun continued.

Initially, Rutgers told Trezza it would wait until the summer to offer him, but that thinking changed.

"They've been in (to the school) so much you know the offer was going to come,'' Trezza said. "It just got to the point where it was, ‘We're going to offer the kid. Why wait?' ‘'

Calhoun is yet to decide about the particulars of the program he wants to attend, but he plans on majoring in mechanical engineering.

"I always want to be able to know where I'm going when I'm driving my car,'' he said, "and be able to fix it up if I break down. Education is big. I always have to have a good education after sports. There's always education after sports.''

There is also the decision of location.

"I'm not sure what I want to do with that situation, if I want to go far or stay close,'' Calhoun said. "I think my mom wants me to stay close.''

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