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Monday, October 28, 2013
Scouts' Take: Calhoun to ASU

By Billy Tucker

Former USC pledge D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) found a new home on Sunday when he committed to Arizona State. Read below to see how our scouts feel the ESPN 300 prospect will contribute to the Sun Devils' defense: What he brings: Calhoun is a productive linebacker prospect who will bring a very good combination of speed and athleticism to Arizona State. While he lacks ideal size for an outside linebacker prospect, he will fill the hole with deceptive power and is an explosive tackler. Still, we really like what he brings to the table in terms of coverage skills, short-area quickness and range. Calhoun has a versatile, athletic skill-set; size is his only flaw at this stage but he plays bigger than his measurables suggest.

How he fits: Calhoun could play the Spur linebacker position for ASU, which will accentuate his speed, athleticism and coverage skills while masking his lack of size early in his career. However, he is also a good fit for their Will position with his range, strong closing ability and instincts in traffic despite lacking ideal size for that spot.

Prediction for performance: Calhoun is a high-effort, quick-attacking linebacker who fits well in this defense, both in style and skill-set. His ability to play multiple linebacker positions in ASU’s scheme should allow for early playing time, particularly if he can continue to add size. While we see the ability to contribute early, this is also a high upside linebacker whose best football might still be ahead of him.

How the class is shaping up: The Sun Devils have been rising up the recruiting rankings this fall and the commitment of Calhoun will likely propel them even more in this week’s update. This is a balanced class that has filled needs on both offense and defense with explosive playmakers and increased its overall speed and athleticism.