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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Calhoun adds an offer from USC

By Erik McKinney

D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) couldn't hide the disappointment when he came away from USC's junior day last month without an offer. The 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker felt he would pick up an offer at the event, but it never came.

Several weeks later, Calhoun was called out of class by his coach and was surprised to hear the USC coaches on the other end of the line.

"They were talking to me for a little bit and then they handed the phone over to the head coach," Calhoun said. "He said they were offering me and they like me as a linebacker."

Calhoun said he spent several minutes on the phone with Lane Kiffin, as he heard from the USC head coach how much they like his non-stop motor and overall ability on the football field.

With the offer, the Trojans are back in the game for Calhoun.

"It puts them back in it a lot," he said of USC and his recruiting race. "I was disappointed, but I'm over it now. Now I have to go take my visits. My sister was really proud."

That sister would be Deanna Calhoun, a redshirt freshman on USC's women's basketball team, who will now likely turn up the heat on pitching the school to her brother..

"If I go there, I'll have two years with her," he said. "She said it's a great school with a great education."

Calhoun received an up-close look at the school during the junior day. Though he had been to the campus before, that was the first time he'd been given a tour of the new football facilities. It's something he still remembers well.

"I was really shocked," he said. "There was a lot of stuff I didn't know about what they had there."

While Calhoun said USC is recruiting him as a linebacker, his eventual size remains the only question moving forward. His sister is 6-foot-3, so Calhoun expects to add another few inches to his frame. At this time, there are thoughts that he could wind up at inside linebacker, outside linebacker or strong safety. But Calhoun shrugs off any thought of that being a problem.

"It doesn't matter to me, as long as I get to hit somebody," he said. "If I don't grow, maybe I'll end up at strong safety. But if I add another few inches, I can stay at middle linebacker or outside."

USC is offer No. 11 for Calhoun, who adds it to offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.