El Cerrito (Calif.) linebacker D.J. Calhoun (6-0, 201), knew before he left Tempe last weekend that he would be spending his college career at Arizona State.
In fact, Calhoun didn’t want to leave when he was there.
“When I was there, I didn’t want to leave,” said Calhoun. “That was all I could think about.”
When Calhoun got back from his official visit, he decommitted from USC, where he pledged in July.
On Friday, after Sun Devils assistant coach Chris Ball came to watch Calhoun and El Cerrito play, Calhoun called Ball and told him he was going to be a Sun Devil, and he’d announce it on Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, the four-star let it be known he was committing to Arizona State.
“Really just went I went down, there was a vibe I felt, and in my heart I knew this was the school for me,” said Calhoun. “Really talking to Alden Darby (his host on the visit) about the situation with the coaches, he said he wished he had two more years with them. Arizona State was definitely a school on the rise.”
Calhoun said Ball was thrilled to hear the news.
“Coach Ball was all excited, Coach (Paul) Randolph was all jacked and Coach (Todd) Graham was hyped too,” said Calhoun.
Calhoun said that Arizona State quarterback commit Manny Wilkins, who is also from the Bay Area, was working overtime throughout the week on him as was his El Cerrito teammate Jalen Harvey, who flipped his commitment from Cal to Arizona State earlier in the week.
“Manny was working on me the whole time and Jalen was too,” said Calhoun. “They were both like ‘you need to commit, you know you love the school, follow your heart.”
Even with his commitment to USC in the summer, Calhoun said this time, his verbal felt right.
“It actually does feel more right,” said Calhoun. “Just the fans and everything. I loved it. I just had a great feeling about this program.”
With his final decision over, Calhoun is ready to reshift his focus back to El Cerrito.
“It’s a big relief and I just want to focus on my team now,” said Calhoun. “I’m glad to get this out of the way and now we can try to go to state.”