May 26, 2008

Junior offensive lineman names an early leader

As the home of one of the Lone Star State's top prospects in 2009, college recruiters across the country have made Navasota High School a must-stop destination this spring while making their evaluation rounds.

With all eyes on running back Dexter Pratt upon each coach's arrival to the high school, a funny thing kept occurring with each visit. If the attention was on Pratt coming in, it didn't take long before it eventually turned to junior-to-be offensive lineman Aleon Calhoun.

It hasn't taken long for word to spread that Calhoun, who Navasota head coach Lee Fedora lists at 6-5 3/4, 314 pounds, is quickly emerging as one of the top offensive line prospects in the 2010 class.

"I'm actually 6-7 and I'm currently 305 pounds," Calhoun said. 'Things have been going great in this off-season. We've started spring football and it's been going good. I've been lifting weights and working hard every day. Hopefully, we'll come out ready to make a run at state."

When asked to detail his goals for the upcoming season have very little to do with his imminent college recruitment.

"First of all, every year we set goals for every season," Calhoun said. "Last year we set a goal to win in the postseason, so we could go into the next season with high expectations. I see us advancing further in post-season and in district this year. My hopes are that we win district and go further in the play-offs."

Although he's listed as a two-way player, Calhoun seems to know which side of the ball his bread will be buttered on when he heads to college.

"I'm more of an offensive player, more of a team player," Calhoun said. "I like playing offense, but I'll do anything that my team needs me to do."

As far as recruiting goes, Calhoun has just now started to receive a small sample of the attention that will soon be coming.

"I've run into a few coaches and they'll sake my hand," Calhoun, who bench presses 270 pounds and squats 440 pounds, said. I've got some letters telling me that they want me to come to their camps so that I can improve on some things. The Texas Longhorns, Texas A&M, Kansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kentucky are some of the schools that came by this spring. I'm going to do a few summer camps. But I'm also a basketball player and I'm really just starting to get my feeling with the basketball camps. That's what I plan on doing, playing basketball and planning for my football season. I'm more focused on getting better than anything else."

So, does the big guy favor anyone at the beginning of the recruiting process?

"The Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M," Calhoun said.

When asked if one school was ahead of the other or if they were even right now, Calhoun replied, "Nah, I really love the Texas Longhorns."

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