Acey Calhoun didn’t just take a commercial flight to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Friday morning for his official track and field visit to LSU. He took a portal to a different world, a place that had his head spinning by a different climate, flamboyant restaurants and an athletic team that runs itself in a professional manner.
As a linebacker for Wilson’s football team, he missed Friday night’s game against Surrattsville, which disappointed Calhoun. But his two days at LSU didn’t. He has a scholarship offer on the table from the track and field team, and also has an opportunity to play for the football team, he said. And although he is going to wait until he visits Ohio State and Clemson in December, he had one declaration to make upon returning home to the District Sunday.
“More than likely, I’m going to be signing with LSU, become a Tiger,” Calhoun said. “Right now I’m leaning toward LSU, because they have the full package deal.”
Calhoun had a banner season for Wilson’s track team as a junior. At the DCIAA indoor championships last January, he won city titles in the 55 meters and 300 meters and helped the Tigers win the crown in the 4×200. During the outdoor season championships, he swept the 100 and 200 titles en route to being named an honorable mention All-Met.
And on the football field, Calhoun has been a key player on the Tigers’ defense. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound linebacker was instrumental in a season opening win over Perry Street Prep, and also played well in Wilson’s league opening win over Anacostia last weekend.
Calhoun was floored by how “welcoming” the school was, and he absorbed plenty of experiences. He went to the Tigers’ football game Saturday night against Auburn. He met U.S. track star Lolo Jones at one point, and enjoyed eating at a Texas de Brazil restaurant in Baton Rouge. Moreover, he was intrigued with the track and field team’s philosophies in developing athletes, which would give him independence in training.
“You’re not just a baby anymore. Every day at practice, it will be like a track meet. There’s no days off. They practice six days a week. So I think I will flourish and become a way better runner,” said Calhoun, who is being recruited as a sprinter. “I want to be in the 2016 Olympic trials, and when I’m down at LSU, I want to be an SEC champion and an NCAA champion. That’s the goal.”
This weekend, Calhoun said he spent quality time with LSU track Coach Bennie Brazell, a former LSU track and football star who played briefly in the NFL after being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. That relationship (Brazell recruits both track and football athletes) has encouraged Calhoun to possibly compete in both track and football, he said. He doesn’t hold a scholarship offer from the football team, he said, but is interested in the prospect – and challenge – of taking on two sports at the school.
“Once I got on campus, and then I [saw] the student life and how everything goes on campus, I fell in love with the school. They treat their athletes like god down there,” Calhoun said. “Starting out, I think it will be hard, but once I get the hang of it. I think it will be a breeze.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 409
The number of yards Einstein‘s Khalil Wilson ran for in a 48-35 win over Rockville on Friday. Wilson scored on touchdown runs of 48, 30, 16, 74 and 46, the final two coming in the fourth quarter to secure a Titans win.
– DeMatha got all it could handle Saturday against St. John’s in Washington Catholc Athletic Conference football action, but the Stags prevailed with the help of resilient running by star Taiwan Deal.
– Gwynn Park withstood torrential downpour and a second half rally by No. 12 Douglass to win 40-28 in overtime Saturday.
– Good Counsel star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, who is headed to Maryland next year, was cleared of any serious head or spinal cord injury after receiving an MRI this weekend following the Falcons’ 30-20 loss to Gonzaga Friday.
– Here is a complete list of the top rushers, passers and receivers from Friday night football action around the area:
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Field Hockey: No. 3 Glenelg at No. 6 Atholton, 3:30 p.m.
After losing its first two games of the season, Glenelg has won five consecutive matches by a combined score of 26-6, but will meet an Atholton team Monday that is fresh off a 9-2 win over Howard on Friday.