Northside High safety Orlando Calhoun was one of a number of quality athletes to attend one of UL's…
Calhoun closing in on offers
Louisiana Tech might be the first program to offer Orlando Calhoun, who has a former teammate - DT Tyler Porter - on Tech's roster. "Coach (Tommy) Spangler came to Northside on the last day of school earlier this year," Calhoun said. "He told me Tech wants to offer, and that they wanted to see me at their camps. "I went to Tech's (satellite) camp in Baton Rouge, but I didn't get to go to their camp in Ruston. I think the coaches wanted to get a look at me at the Ruston camp. Coach (Pierre) Ingram hits me up on Facebook, and Porter said the coaches want me to come watch a couple of games and meet me." Calhoun reports additional interest from LSU, North Texas, Utah, Missouri and the local New Orleans Bowl champion Ragin' Cajuns. "Coach (John) Chavis at LSU is keeping me in his back pocket," Calhoun said. "My recruitment is in God's hands. I ran a 4.47 at LSU's camp. I have high expectations for this season, but we're taking it one step at a time and not overlooking any team." Northside went 5-5 in 2011. During the offseason longtime head coach Vincent Derouen was replaced by former assistant Trev Faulk, who led Class A Vermilion Catholic to a 13-1 mark last year. "We have a lot of defensive and offensive changes since Coach Faulk took over," Calhoun said. "He brought the offensive playbook from VC, and we have more defensive schemes too." Vermilion Catholic was an offensive juggernaut under Faulk, scoring at least 40 points in 13 of 14 contests. Calhoun recapped last week's scrimmage vs. Evangel Christian and Scotlandville. "We couldn't get anything going against Evangel," he said. "We didn't game-plan at all for the scrimmage, but we were playing high-caliber opponents. Coach Faulk just wanted to see where we're at; we had some mental mistakes and missed tackles. "Scotlandville has a really good receiver, No. 5 (Larry Clark)." Northside meets the Notre Dame Pioneers tonight in a jamboree tune-up before next week's regular season opener vs. Acadiana. Calhoun collected 60 tackles last year with five sacks. He's a strong safety that is adept at blitzing from the edge, and the standout wrestler knows how to pack a punch when he hits an opponent.
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