D.J. Calhoun of El Cerrito Senior High School in El Cerrito Senior, CA, has been selected to play in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining an elite group of All-Americans. Those selected will play in the game on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The annual East vs. West match-up will be televised live on NBC at 1:00 p.m. EST and will feature the nation’s top 90 high school football players.
“Calhoun is a talented athlete whose leadership and teamwork qualities have made him a standout at El Cerrito Senior High School,” said Mark Davis, deputy assistant Secretary of the Army for Marketing. “Only the strongest wear the Army colors, and are proud to welcome all of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl players and commend each of them on their selection.”
Calhoun, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is rated as a Scout.com four-star prospect, the No. 10 outside linebacker nationally.
"Calhoun is one of the most physical hitters you'll see at the position in the region," the Scout.com West Recruiting Team informed. "Could drop back and play safety or be a mini-backer, but is great in run support and dropping into coverage."
"Pound-for-pound, may be the best linebacker in the (West) region and is definitely the toughest."
Calhoun is committed to USC, but has various other schools like Arizona State, California and Oklahoma in the mix amongst others.
As a 2012 junior, Calhoun was named League Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-League. Named First Team All-East Bay as a junior. Named All-Metro by the San Francisco Chronicle. Named Second Team All-Northern California by CalHiSports.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, there were a total of 8 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,133 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.