Rutgers Target Calhoun Has Decisions To Make

Middletown (N.J.) North's Shilique Calhoun holds offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Syracuse on the gridiron, and is getting interest from mid-major programs on the basketball front. So, what is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound athletic specimen to do? Calhoun spoke to ScarletReport.com about the situation, and whether he is leaning one way. He also talked about his interest level in the Scarlet Knights.

One of the most intriguing players in New Jersey's 2011 class is Shilique Calhoun of Middletown (N.J.) North High.

He brings athleticism and raw talent to the defensive end position and size and speed to the tight end spot. But he also likes to shoot the basketball and find open teammates.

Calhoun sits on three football offers – Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Syracuse – and is getting mid-major interest in basketball but is yet to receive an offer. But before he can decide on a school, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has to decide which sport he wants to play in college.

"I'm going to have to figure out which one I want to play," he said. "I think that's going to be a big thing. I like them both evenly."

The uncertainty can frustrate college recruiters who do not want to waste time recruiting a player if they do not know which sport he wants to play. And Calhoun is being upfront about the situation.

"I'm not sure about basketball or football yet," Calhoun said. "I'm trying to figure out what my major will be, and I want to finish my senior (football) season, because if I don't finish that, it's not going to help me."

With so much time devoted to AAU basketball in the summer, Calhoun didn't get the opportunity to visit campuses. With basketball interest coming from Rider, St. Michael's and St. Peter's, Calhoun is thinking about squeezing a few trips in before his football training camp starts Aug. 16.

"I'm trying to check out some schools for basketball because I haven't really seen anything yet," Calhoun said. "There's nothing really set up. (The interest) is not as big as football, but it's going pretty good."

On the football side, Rutgers remains interested in Calhoun, and the lines of communication are open.

"I give them a call once in a while, and I hear from them a lot on Facebook," he said. "I hear from a lot of them, so it seems like I hear from them a lot.

"I'm interested in them a lot. It wouldn't be a bad school to go to. It's close to home, the atmosphere is nice and my mom and dad can come out and see me whenever they would like."

Calhoun added he could make a decision before New Year's Day, but added "it's going to be a while."

One potential thing for Calhoun to weigh is the visibility of the program he will attend. While he is getting recruited by BCS football programs who play nearly every game on television, the mid-major basketball programs showing him interest get very little national exposure.

"I see it as it doesn't matter where you go. It's how you play," Calhoun said. "I can go to a D-III, and how much I want it, how hard I'm going to go after a ball, either basketball or football, it doesn't matter where I'm at, it's how I play. They're going to see me regardless.

"NBA scouts and NFL scouts both want to come to you if you play to the best of your abilities and they think you have a shot."


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