Calhoun decommits from USC

The El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star linebacker, D.J. Calhoun, decommits from USC after a visit to Arizona State and a great time in Tempe...

El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun (6-0, 201), took his first official visit over the weekend, heading down to Tempe to visit Arizona State.

For Calhoun, it was the second time he'd been to Tempe, having gone as a ninth grader for a game. But the second time was far more memorable.

"I went there my ninth grade year just for a game, but this time to Arizona State was just crazy," said Calhoun. "The fans blew my mind away. I love the coaches, all of the coaches. I had a good vibe with the players. The campus is amazing. I liked the city. It's like one big community out there. The weather out there is real nice. Overall, it's probably the best visit I've had to any school."

Calhoun was hosted by Alden Darby, and Calhoun said the two hit it off from the get-go.

"Alden was a great host," said Calhoun. "He's just real cool and he talked with me about all the coaches and how much he loves them. We hung out with some of the players, like Rashad Wadood, but me and Darby were pretty much together the whole time."

Another Bay Area product, Manny Wilkins, the Sun Devils' quarterback commit, was doing some recruiting of Calhoun too.

"Manny is a big reason why I'm considering Arizona State and a main reason I visited," said Calhoun. "Just talking to him and knowing where he's from and now going down there, he's all over me."

Calhoun got a chance to spend time with Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham, defensive coordinator Paul Randolph and assistant coach Chris Ball, his primary recruiter.

"I talked to all three of them and talked to Coach Graham too for about a 45 minute talk in his office about everything," said Calhoun. "They like me as a will backer. They said that there is a good chance I could come in and play. They told me how I fit their system. That was one of the main things that they were talking about."

Calhoun also raved about the Sun Devils defense, which did a good job shutting down a good Washington offense.

"That was a great thing," said Calhoun. "I already knew that they had a great defense. But then they keep their running game to -5 yards? That team doesn't play around. They played as a big family."

Calhoun, who committed to USC in June, decommitted from the Trojans late this morning.

"Maybe I'll visit there," said Calhoun. "The coaching uncertainty has me worried and I felt a whole better vibe at Arizona State. ASU made a huge move in my recruitment."

Aside from a potential visit to USC, Calhoun said that there is also a chance he could visit UCLA too, where his teammate Adarius Pickett is committed.

"I could be visiting UCLA, I don't know for sure though," said Calhoun.

After a bye last weekend, Calhoun and El Cerrito return to the field this weekend against Pinole Valley.

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