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Calvin Bacon is one of those players every coach loves to have. He is smart, a hard worker, and willing to do whatever it takes for his team to win.
Calvin is 6'3, 205 lbs, runs a 4.65 and has at least a 34" vertical. Bacon started playing football as CJ Leak's teammate when he was five and was WFU running back Freddie Staton's teammate on the Queen City Striders track team and won six AAU gold medals when he was younger.
Bacon then started for his varsity squad in the 9th grade as a linebacker, playing for Pete Metzalaars at Charlotte Christian. That season, he was second on the team in tackles.
Bacon was the starting varsity QB for the largest HS in NC, Myers Park, as a sophomore and the team was preseason #3 in the state. At the end of his 10th grade football season, Bacon transferred to Piedmont High School to play for coach Rusty Jester.
As a junior he started one game at QB and was named Player of the Week by NCPreps and the NCHSAA for scoring all five of his team's touchdowns in a game, a 38-34 win. Jester, the NC Coach of the Year in 2001, said he was a big reason the team was 13-1.
In 2001, Calvin was named team MVP, All-Conference and All-Region. He led the team in scoring, in passing TDs, rushing TDs and was a team leader in tackles. He was third in the county in scoring and only had less than a third of the team's snaps at QB. His longest TD run was 54 yards with several runs more than 40. He scored every game he took a snap in, but didn't play QB in four games, as Jester felt he needed him too much on defense this past year.
Next year, however, Bacon will probably not play LB and will play quarterback. Jester has noted that he does not want Bacon to go both ways.
Recruiters have said they like his poise and athletic ability at QB and his physical toughness. Next season will be his 14th in football and 10th at QB.
He scored 990 on his first attempt at the SATs and expects to do much better the second time. He maintains a 3.6 average and is a leader in school activities outside of sports.
He benches 280 pounds at this time as well. Calvin also starts at forward in basketball and runs the 4x1, 4x2, long jump and high jump in track.
Almost every major school throughout the Carolinas are currently sending Bacon letters. So far, he has no out-in-front leader.