January 16, 2008

Daniel Calvin down to two?

Since recruits only get five official visits before they make their final decision, it always stings when a prospect feels like he wasted one of his five allotted visits.

Such is the case with highly touted junior college defensive tackle Daniel Calvin. Calvin, who committed to Ole Miss just one day after last year's signing day, is no longer a Rebel pledge, due in part to a lack of communication.

"Well, I had been committed to them since my freshman year," explained the four-star recruit. "But then when they changed coaching staffs, the new ones came in and never called or anything. I mean, I could understand if they would have called and said they were going in a different direction but they wished me the best or whatever, but they just didn't call, which I thought was kinda messed up, especially since I'd been there so long."

Therefore, in late December, Calvin officially de-committed and set about trying to find the school that fit him best.

"See, the problem is that I already used three officials, so I've only got two left," he lamented. "I took one to Ole Miss, which, obviously I wish I could that one back, and then I went to Nevada and Washington State too. The Washington State visit ended up being a waste of a visit too, so I feel like I only got that one official to Nevada that was a good visit."

So, instead of taking about a year like most prospects do, Calvin is going to try to get most of his information gathering in the next two weeks.

"I'll be headed to Kansas State this weekend," he said. "And then I'm going to visit Texas Tech the week after that."

Calvin admitted that the winner of his services will likely be a member of the Big 12.

"I liked Nevada and everything, but I'm not going to lie, it will probably come down to Tech or K-State," he said. "I like both those programs and I feel like they both have teams that I could come in and do well with."

When asked what he would be looking for on his visits, Calvin had a pretty simple list.

"I want somewhere that I can go in and play right away and can get me noticed," he explained. "I also want a school that has a great communications or sports journalism department and one that will promise me I can get academic help any time I need it so that I can make sure I make good grades and get my degree. Oh, also, I want a school with a tough schedule, which Kansas State and Tech both have since they're in the Big 12."

Calvin, who is on track to graduate in May, recorded over 70 tackles and 12 sacks despite drawing consistent double teams and helped lead his team to an undefeated #1 ranking to end the season.

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