The University of Miami once made it regular business to toss recruiting lists out the window and find diamonds in the rough. When it did, it took chances on guys like Ed Reed, Jonathan Vilma and Frank Gore. It paid off handsomely.
The staff believes it may have found another gem in Sebastian River High athlete John Calhoun, a 6-2, 233-pound senior who played fullback, defensive end and linebacker and who committed to defensive coordinator Tim Walton Tuesday. Calhoun is coached by former Hurricane tight end Randy Bethel.
If you never heard of Calhoun (he's the guy blocking the pass left, No. 43), there's a reason. Rivals.com and Scout.com have never heard of him either. But Bethel said Miami is getting the type of player it used to get -- a diamond in the rough. Miami is also the first team to offer Calhoun a scholarship. Calhoun's mother Cindy said her son will be graduating early and enrolling at the school in December.
"He's a lowkey guy, but a tremendous football player,'' Bethel said. "There's not an ounce of fat on him. He runs the hurdles. He's so good, we have play for us all over the field. He sucks up everything on the field."
Sebastian River isn't a high school powerhouse. It finished 3-7. But Calhoun was the team's best player. Bethel said he finished the season with 98 tackles, playing middle linebacker and defensive end.
So, why has no one heard of Calhoun?
"He went to a few camps, but that's all about tests," Bethel said. "He's not a test guy. I think he ran a 4.78 in the 40. But they don't measure football speed. He's so talented, he doesn't worry about stats. He's one of the best blocking tight end in the state. You run behind him, he's going to blow guys up. We ran behind him a ton."
Bethel said Calhoun started for two seasons and was also a special teams standout.
"Miami is doing a fantastic job turning over every rock to find kids this year," Bethel said. "That's what Jimmy [Johnson] did. And Randy [Shannon] is going to be successful doing the same thing. It's all about heart and getting good football players. That's it."
* I've been told the Hurricanes also may have already received a commitment from Illinois kicker Jake Wieclaw, but I'm trying to reach him to confirm it.