Calhoun Checks Out UCLA

The El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker, D.J. Calhoun, took his first unofficial visit to UCLA...

El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun (6-1, 200), was one of a handful of elite 2014 prospects on the UCLA campus on Saturday.

Calhoun, who was offered by UCLA in November, got his first real chance to see UCLA up close.

"It was perfect, I loved it a lot," said Calhoun. "The coaches are great and Coach (Jeff) Ulbrich is awesome. I just loved the environment there."

Calhoun was offered following UCLA's win over Arizona at the Rose Bowl during the fall, and while he got to see the Rose Bowl on a game day, Saturday was his first opportunity to actually see the campus.

"I didn't get a chance to check it out when I was down there, I was just at the Rose Bowl, so getting to see the campus was really cool," said Calhoun. "The campus was awesome, the dorms were cool, the environment there was perfect and I could definitely see myself there."

Calhoun met primarily with Ulbrich but also talked with defensive coordinator Lou Spanos and head coach Jim Mora.

"I talked with Coach Mora and Coach Spanos a little, but it was mainly with Coach Ulbrich talking linebackers," said Calhoun. "But the coaches are all really cool and make a great environment and their system is really trying to build."

Calhoun, who can play linebacker or safety, said the UCLA coaches like him as a linebacker.

"They like me more as a mini-linebacker, because its linebacker and some safety and I really like both," said Calhoun. "I'd play safety if they wanted me more for that, but you get to just hit all the time at linebacker. At safety, you see the field more and still get to hit, but linebacker is just fine for me."

Calhoun was one of three linebackers on campus, with Dwight Williams from Serra and Louisiana native Kenny Young.

"I was down there with Dwight and Kenny and they told us we're the ones they want for 2014 and it was cool connecting with them and seeing the school with them," said Calhoun. "What I loved was how small the group was, they showed me a lot of love and it really wasn't a junior day, but a day for their top guys."

Calhoun has maintained for a while that UCLA is his top school, but he wasn't in a rush to commit. Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, UCLA, Utah and Washington have all offered Calhoun.

"They're definitely still at the top; of my list," said Calhoun. "Most of the Pac-12, though, I'm interested in. I want to stay on the West Coast. I'd go down to the South, but I definitely would prefer the Pac-12."

Calhoun said the Cal staff has reached out recently, and while he still would like to get out of the Bay Area, he's not shutting the door on them.

"The Cal coaching staff came by in January and I'm definitely going to give them a chance," said Calhoun. "I like the new coaches there, they all seem real cool. I just want to get out of the Bay."

Calhoun said he's also hoping to visit Arizona State and Washington this spring for Junior Days.

"I'm going to do the NFTC in Oakland and I got invited to the Passing Down 7on7," said Calhoun.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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