Calhoun's Keeping Positive

Cassius Calhoun is a star junior athlete who has tremendous bloodlines. He's the son of a former Oklahoma State linebacker, and the nephew of two ex-NFL players. Calhoun, who is being courted by several high-profile college programs, is currently waiting on a ruling that will impact his senior season. Read further to get the details.

"I was held back in fourth grade because I lost 50% of my hearing in both ears," said Cassius Calhoun. "I didn't think it was a problem until my freshman year, when I found out the age limits and requirements for high school sports.

"I lived in Dallas and played varsity football for two years at Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. I played almost every position and touched the football a lot as a sophomore. Due to some family changes, I moved back to Oklahoma City with my mother."

Last year, Calhoun had an excellent season at Casady School.

"I had a great individual season there, but I transferred to Piedmont High School because I couldn't get the core values I needed in private school.

"Last year, I had 1,100 all-purpose yards with 70 tackles and three interceptions. I run a laser-timed 4.46 with a bench press of 345 pounds and 585 on the squat."

Calhoun is optimistic about the chance to play his senior year.

"I'm waiting on a hardship ruling that's supposed to come down within two weeks," he explained. "If the ruling is unfavorable, we'll try an appeal. My family and the Piedmont Athletic Department are working hard to give me a chance at doing what I love my senior year.

"I'm being recruited by a lot of great programs and when it's all said and done, I'll sit down with my family and we'll make the decision on what colleges are best for my future."

Calhoun is receiving interest from Oklahoma State, Missouri, SMU, Iowa State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, ULM, South Florida, TCU, Michigan State, and more.

Chris Calhoun, who is Cassius' father, played at Oklahoma State. His uncles, the Selmon brothers, both shined at Oklahoma, as well as the NFL.

-Greg Powers-

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