At 6-7, 315, Navasota junior offense lineman Aleon Calhoun is a big man and a big-time 2010 prospect. This big man also has a big interest in Texas.
Meet Aleon Calhoun.
One of the state of Texas’ top offensive line prospects in the class of 2010, Calhoun has size that would make a college offensive line coach salivate as the big man from Navasota stands at 6-foot-7 and weighs a robust 315 pounds. But Calhoun is not just some space eater. His prowess on the basketball court has helped his balance and quickness, which makes for a devastating combination.
“A lot of people see me as just the big guy on campus,” Calhoun said. “I’ve been playing basketball for a long time, and because of that I have really good footwork.
“On the football field I feel like I can take what I want.”
That mentality has helped result in a perfect season thus far for Calhoun and the Rattlers, who enter Week 9 of the regular season with a 6-0 record and are a consensus top five team in the state in Class 3A.
“The season has been great, but I feel like we still have a lot to learn,” Calhoun said. “I’m playing with a great group of guys like Dexter Pratt and Brandal Jackson. I just feel like everything has gone right this year.”
Pratt (LSU) and Jackson (Texas A&M) are headed BCS conference schools next fall and two years from now Calhoun is sure to join them. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and TCU have already extended offers.
There is, however, one school that Calhoun has at the top of his list.
“Texas is my No. 1,” Calhoun said. “I’ve always had them on my mind. They’re a winning program, they’ve been winning and they keep winning. They’re always up and they never have a down year.
“They’re always at the top and that’s what I like about them.”
Calhoun’s reasons for liking Texas run deeper than just wins, losses and championships. Calhoun’s late grandmother lived in Austin just 10 minutes from the Texas campus and Calhoun says that she had a dream.
“My grandmother always wanted one of her kids to go to Texas, but they weren’t able to,” Calhoun said. “Right after she died, I told my cousin that I really wanted to go to Texas.”
Other than visiting the Erwin Center, Calhoun is unfamiliar with the Texas campus, but his family keeps him informed about what is going on in Austin.
“I haven’t been to the campus, but I have family that lives around there and they are always telling me what it’s like around there,” Calhoun said. “I always get bits and pieces of what Austin is all about.”
Calhoun, who lists Texas along with TCU and Alabama as his top three, says that other than the four schools that have offered Kansas State, Kansas, LSU, USC, North Carolina, Duke and Colorado have all been in contact with him. Calhoun says that his AAU basketball coach has told him that several Division I schools are looking at possibly offering him as a hoops prospect.
Calhoun has shown to be a big time factor in the paint during his basketball career. Last season at Navasota he averaged around 9.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks per game. He also established a career high in blocked shots last season with seven rejections in a single game. His numbers blew up this past summer during AAU competition as he averaged approximately 16 points, 12 boards and eight blocks per contest. But just being a force in the post is not Calhoun is capable of doing on the hardwood.
“I handle the ball a lot and I get quite a few assists,” Calhoun said. “I can play a lot of different positions.”
The combination of Saturday morning film and his side project of trying to get his newly acquired 1997 Cadillac on the road have prevented him from making any trips, but he hopes to change that in the near future.
“Once the playoffs start I won’t have Saturday film anymore so I’m trying to see how my schedule is,” Calhoun said. “Right now I’m still deciding on my plans.”