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Canes get little known recruit

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.

John_calhounIf 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.

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you rule Manny.

And the writer from Time can kiss my furry anus.

you the mang mandingo!

Great info, Manny... you rock as usual!

This class for UM went from one of the best at the start of 07 to slipping into being just ok. Taking a kid from a 3-7 football team...Wow. Glad Randy wanted to add some winners to the team.

Thanks Manny, your hard work is definitely not going unnoticed! The Legion is much appreciative

The first, the most and the deepest news.
You rule. Manny

Keep up the great work Manny! Way to continue on top of other stories when so many other things are going on!

Manny...way to break the news we can use! Keep it coming and Go Canes!!!

Randy knows he has to recruit his but off and he is. He WILL get the job done.

Hey notindenial, go back and read the truth that is in the first paragraph of Manny's article.

Va Tech is ranked 19th and West Va is 32nd in the latest Scout.com recruiting rankings. I think they're used to that. They win mostly with recruits nobody's heard of just JJ and Butch used to... After the last few years "highly ranked" recruiting classes, I'm willing to go in this direction.

I hope randy knows what hes doing because there are only so many scholarships available and they have to be used wisely, right??

Dre: 33

Dre if players enroll early (December) then they count towards last years total (they are allowed 8). Then you're left with 25 scholarships for national signing day bringing the total number to 33. So it is worth taking a shot. Keep the good work up Randy.

R.I.P. Sean Taylor

According to notindenial cane, we shouldn't recruit any players whose teams have losing records. Brilliant conventional wisdom there. Really. Let's just ignore 50% of all high school players out there because either their teammates or coaches weren't good enough. By your rationale, I guess NFL teams shouldn't bother drafting Calais, Kenny, or T-Good.

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Once again great job Manny keep up the good work. Sounds like Shannon is practicing what he is preaching by "recruiting football players instead of athletes". Like i said it's not about the X's and O's. it's about the Jimmy's and Joe's.

I am impressed sounds like the good old days. We got FOOTBALL players now.

Good stuff Manny, and also to all those people and writers saying "u can see this coming to Sean Taylor" can alsp kiss my .

I love the idea of giving a scholarship to a guy who truly earned it. My fingers are crossed for this kid because he sounds like a pure talent in a bad district. I wonder what he would've been like if he played for Booker T. or Northwestern?

Manny, thanks again for the info. You are on a role lately! Every time I read articles about STs death all I can think about is how much an unbiased article on the amount of arrest in D1 CFB by school are. Name the teams w/the highest and lowest. Talk about schools that are suprisingly high (Texas) and low (The U). I think it would draw a lot of attention. That information is needed to the masses. You can do it Manny!

Keep up the good work Manny. What's the latest on Jack McClinton's health?

Thanks for the solid news reporting Manny. You are on top of things and it is definitely appreciated. I like the fact that this kid's current coach is a former Cane--he knows what it takes to play at the level of true Canes. His endorsement is good enough for me until proven otherwise.

RIP Sean Taylor

Just because he's on a losing team doesn't make him a bad player.One guy can stand out but he can't carry the whole team.If this guy has the heart to be a player we need that at the "U".

he's played for a former cane. some people will complain about anything. just because he doesnt have 5star status doesnt mean anything. Look at all the 4 and 5 star who havent done jack at the U. this kid is going to come in and work harder then anyone. if he doesnt make the field at least he will give 100% in practice.

I live in Sebastian and go to the high school games. Last year the team went to the playoffs. Its a small 4a school and the team lost a lot of kids from last year's team including the quarterback. I feel quite confident that Calhoun will be a damn good player at UM. Anyway the letter writer who complains about UM's recruiting class is nuts. Marcus Forston, who Rivals rates as the top defensive tackle in the country, by himself makes the class awesome. He should read today's article about Forston.

Notre Dame usually leads the list with four-star recruits. Didn't they get their Irish A--es kicked this year? And, when did they win their last National Championship? CASE CLOSED!

He may not be a 4-5 star recruit, but I'm fine with that. 4-5 stars often just build hype and do little or nothing after they are recruited.

Antone Smith was a top recruit and is the featured back at FSU and he's rushed for 100 yards twice this year and has a 3.8 yrd per carry average. I'm sure Bowden was expecting a lot more from him.

Look at Willie Williams. The coaching staff jumped through hoops to get the top Linebacker and one of the top recruits in his class and look where that got us. He's doing absolutely nothing for Louisville.

I'd rather have a guy like Ken Dorsey who will work his ____ off to be a champion than a player who relies on their God given ability. Most high school players are good because they are simply bigger, faster or stronger than the other guy who will never play a second of college ball.


I really enojoyed this Quote.....

"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."

Sounds a lot like the things people say about our late great, Sean Taylor. God Bless his soul.

RIP SEAN TAYLOR.

He may not be a 4-5 star recruit, but I'm fine with that. 4-5 stars often just build hype and do little or nothing after they are recruited.

Antone Smith was a top recruit and is the featured back at FSU and he's rushed for 100 yards twice this year and has a 3.8 yrd per carry average. I'm sure Bowden was expecting a lot more from him.

Look at Willie Williams. The coaching staff jumped through hoops to get the top Linebacker and one of the top recruits in his class and look where that got us. He's doing absolutely nothing for Louisville.

I'd rather have a guy like Ken Dorsey who will work his ____ off to be a champion than a player who relies on their God given ability. Most high school players are good because they are simply bigger, faster or stronger than the other guy who will never play a second of college ball.


I really enojoyed this Quote.....

"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."

Sounds a lot like the things people say about our late great, Sean Taylor. God Bless his soul.

RIP SEAN TAYLOR.

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