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Recruit Spotlight: S Orlando Calhoun, Northside High School, Class of 2013

By Taylor Roussel

January 21, 2013

 

LAFM: How did this season go for you and your team?

Orlando Calhoun
Orlando Calhoun

Not as well as I hoped. We had to install a new offense that no one was familiar with, and we had a lot of first year starters. We had to learn as the season progressed. We wanted to go farther in the playoffs, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

 

LAFM: What was your best game this season, and why?

My best game of the season was against our district rivals, St. Martinville. I had a great game. I made numerous big plays on defense, and I even got to get into the game as a fullback. I didn’t run the ball, but I was able to get some good blocks that sprung our back into the end zone .

 

LAFM: Current height and weight?

I am 5’11 and I weigh 195 pounds. I wrestle now so I had to drop a couple of pounds to wrestle in my weight class. My football playing weight is 200-205 pounds.

 

LAFM: 40-yard dash time?

4.47 seconds

 

LAFM: Who is your football idol and why?

Jack Tatum, due to the ferocity of his hits. He once said “I would like to think that my best hits borderline felonious assault.” That guy was a pure hitter. He destroyed ball carriers and receivers alike. I try to copy his style of play, sideline to sideline, no mercy.

 

LAFM: How old were you when you started playing and where?

I was about 7 years old. I started off playing flag football at the Lafayette YMCA. When I was about 10, I played for a city league pee wee football team at Brown Park in Lafayette.

 

LAFM: If football doesn’t work out, what do you see yourself doing? Have you thought of a major?

If football doesn’t work out, I would like to pursue a law degree. I have always been interested in law. I plan to pursue a criminal justice degree at Southern University.

 

LAFM: What positions are you being recruited for? Which is your favorite position, why?

Currently I am being recruited as a strong safety to be used primarily as a nickel back. Some schools are undecided as to how they want to deploy me, as a safety or as an outside linebacker. My favorite position is nickel back. I love to come off the edge hard and wreak havoc in the backfield. Disrupting the offenses timing and knocking the snot out of guys is what I live for.

 

LAFM: What schools are recruiting you, and do you have any favorites yet?

I was getting looked at by North Texas, UL Lafayette, Texas Tech, Nicholls State, Northwestern, LSU, Northwestern, Prairie View, Southern, LA Tech and ULM. I have been on two official visits, and Sunday I gave my verbal commitment to play for Coach Odoms at Southern.

 

LAFM: Current GPA and ACT score?

My GPA is a 2.4. My Act was a 17. I will retake it in February and am trying to lift up my GPA.

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