One more win

Drayton Calhoun needs one more win for a ring

One of the earliest commitments for LSU's 2009 class came from athlete Drayton Calhoun from Tucker, Ga. With his senior season winding down, Calhoun is looking forward to his enrollment at LSU in January, just a little over a month away.

Calhoun (6-1, 175, 4.5) is rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 22 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. However, he has the skills and versatility to play multiple positions in both high school and college.

 

He has put that versatility on display all season for Tucker High School, and he hopes to be able to do it for one more game this season as the Tigers will play in the state title game for the first time since 1963.


“For the season, I have over 1,000 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns,” Calhoun said. “I’ve also caught four touchdowns playing wingback and played cornerback for three games. I did pretty good, but I didn’t really have many passes thrown at me. I also had three kickoff returns this year, but they didn’t usually kick to me.”

 

Calhoun committed to LSU at the end of February earlier this year, and his dedication to the Tigers has not wavered since.

 

“Alabama was trying to stay on me for the first few months after I committed, but they stopped after a while,” he said. “I told my coach I didn’t want any more phone calls or letters from other school because I knew I was going to LSU.”

 

Calhoun continued to display his allegiance to the Tigers by only taking one visit during the season, to see LSU take on Georgia in Baton Rouge.

 

“I took an unofficial visit to LSU for the Georgia game,” Calhoun said. “Seeing them lose didn’t really bother me. I know every team has a bad game, because we even had one this year. But being in the stadium and hearing the fans made me feel like I was at home. Because of that I know for sure that LSU is the right place for me.”

 

Calhoun will not be away from his new home much longer, as he has another visit planned to LSU in the next few weeks. He will also be one of several members of the 2009 class to enroll early and start school in January.

 

“I’m going back to LSU for my official visit on Dec. 19,” said Calhoun. “After that, I will be moving down to Baton Rouge on Jan. 13 so I can start school in the spring. I’m going down there early, so I expect to be well prepared and get myself ready to see some playing time my freshman year.”

 

While no one doubts Calhoun’s ability to make an instant impact next year as a true freshman, there is still some question as to where exactly that impact will be made.

 

When he first committed to LSU, many considered him a future cornerback for the Tigers. Now, it appears his career will at least start on the other side of the ball.

 

“I’m pretty sure I’m going to be starting out on offense,” he said. “I don’t really have a preference for a specific position. I’m just trying to get on the field early.”

 

There’s little doubt Calhoun has discussed his future with the Tigers extensively with the LSU coaches in the past few months. He will also have a few more opportunities to figure out exactly how he fits into LSU’s plans in the coming weeks.

 

“Coach Peveto came by my school on Monday,” Calhoun said. “He was just stopping by to check in on me and make sure everything is going OK. He came to one of my games earlier this year too. And he and Coach Miles are supposed to be coming by for an in-home visit next week.”

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