Calhoun Impressed With UL

Cajun Redzone Publisher
Posted Jun 25, 2012


Northside High safety Orlando Calhoun was one of a number of quality athletes to attend one of UL’s summer football camps recently. The (5’11, 196) senior has had to deal with the recent dismissal of his head coach and the lack of summer workout facilities due to reconstruction on campus. Calhoun talked to the Cajun Redzone about the challenges of his summer thus far and the Ragin’ Cajuns.

Northside senior safety Orlando Calhoun has become a fixture at UL football camps, practices and spring football games. Since Coach Hudspeth’s arrival on campus at UL, Calhoun has been impressed with his staff and the direction of the program, and they have been impressed with him. Orlando attended UL’s Senior Prospect Camp for the second straight year and came away happy with his performance and his interaction with the staff.

“Every time I’ve come to a camp or attended a practice they have treated me great and I feel really comfortable with the staff,” Calhoun stated. “Coach Johnson is good guy and Coach Hudspeth always wants me to come to a camp or come by and watch practice; I just really feel at home with the staff and the program.”

As a junior, Calhoun collected 60 tackles on the gridiron for Northside, which went 5-5. He added 11 TFL, broke up seven passes, recorded five sacks, forced a fumble, and recovered another. Calhoun turned heads at last year’s camp, running a 4.49 and a 4.5 in the forty. The question that remains with college recruiters is Orlando’s coverage skills. Calhoun played in the box last season in Coach DeRouen’s defensive system and wasn’t asked to play much coverage at safety.

“That’s been the question for most of the schools that are recruiting me right now,” Orlando mentioned. “I want to show them that I can cover in the secondary and not just play close to the line inside the box. I thought I did well in the cover drills at UL against some really good talent. I ran well again and Coach Johnson told me they are staying with me and then Coach Hudspeth called me up at the end of camp to break everyone down. That was really cool; I was so psyched up when he did that!”

Recent events at Northside have taught Orlando Calhoun and his teammates some valuable life lessons.

“We were really down after they made a decision to remove Coach DeRouen (Vince DeRouen) at Northside,” Calhoun stated. “We didn’t have any coach and we couldn’t work out because everything is locked up at school due to the reconstruction work going on. I few other seniors and I decided to get everyone out to Brown Park and start our summer workouts over there. I wasn’t going to just sit around and feel sorry for myself; my senior year is too important to me to just wait on some decision to be made on a new coach.”

Orlando Calhoun and his teammates didn’t have to wait too long before a new coach was named in Vermilion Catholic Head coach Trev Faulk.

“I was just sitting around at the house and all these texts started to come up on my phone,” Orlando said. “Everyone was just excited to hear that Coach Trev Faulk was going to be our new head coach. Coach Faulk has played at the highest level in the pros and in college at LSU. He was a defensive coach here at Northside before he was hired at Vermilion Catholic and just look at what he did for that program in his first year. We’ve already had a few meetings with Coach Faulk and he told us the program will be run with high expectations in the classroom and on the football field. We are all just fired up and ready to go after what we’ve been through this summer.”

Louisiana’s Ragin ‘Cajuns aren’t the only program showing interest or recruiting Orlando Calhoun.

“I don’t have a list of all the schools that have talked to me or sent letters,” Orlando mentioned. “But UL, LSU, Louisiana Tech, North Texas and McNeese have talked to me recently. Coach Chavis told me that he want me to come in for one of their camps next month a run for him. North Texas is really pushing me to go up to one of their camps and said they would probably offer me at camp. Louisiana Tech has stayed on me and my good friend Tyler Porter is in their program; he is always talking to me about their program and recruiting me. There are other schools, but I just don’t remember all of them right now. But UL is definitely right there at the top of my list right now.”

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