Jersey Shore DE Discusses Rutgers Visit

Middletown North defensive end Shilique Calhoun got his first in-depth look at the Rutgers program when he took an unofficial visit Tuesday. Although practice was cancelled because of inclement weather, Calhoun still got a full tour of the facilities and got to speak with a number of current players. What did Calhoun think of the visit? And where else is he heading this spring?

Middletown (N.J.) North tight end Shilique Calhoun expected big things when he tripped to Rutgers, but on the thing happened he didn't anticipate during Tuesday's unofficial visit.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Calhoun admitted portions of the day left him speechless, and it wasn't because torrential rain caused the cancellation of practice.

Despite the weather, Calhoun still made the visit, got a tour of the facilities, talked to the coaching staff, met with academic Dean Carl Kirschner, chatted with some of the players and toured the campus.

"It was ridiculous,'' Calhoun said. "I was speechless a couple of times. It was good. Real good.''

Calhoun holds offers from Rutgers and Syracuse, and is being recruited by several other programs in the mid-Atlantic region.

However, this was his first unofficial visit to a school, and Rutgers left quite an impression.

"We went through a day as a football player there, learned what we will have to do, what I would have to see on campus,'' Calhoun said. "We saw the facilities and where they hold activities, saw where the students live and how things are run.''

Several schools are recruiting Calhoun as either a defensive end or a tight end. But the Scarlet Knights staff told Calhoun during the visit they like him as a defensive end.

"I like that,'' he said. "I like to be able to go after the quarterback.

And what could have been a negative with the cancelled practice is turning into a positive for the Scarlet Knights.

Since the campus is 40 minutes from Calhoun's house, he plans on returning to Rutgers to watch a practice at a yet-to-be-determined date, which means the Scarlet Knights get him on campus twice instead of only once this spring.

"I got to see other stuff that made up for there being no practice,'' Calhoun said. "I saw guys lifting in the weight room and talked to a few of them and got their take. They told me it was a great place to be. If you want to get better, it's a good place to go.''

Calhoun's only other scheduled visit at this time is to Boston College next month.

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