JUCO offensive tackle Aleon Calhoun was committed to Texas Tech, the school he signed with out of high school, but with Coach Tommy Tuberville now gone, the 3-star tackle out of Navarro College in Corsica Texas has opened things back up.
The 6-foot-6, 345 pound OT took a trip to USF this past weekend and was blown away from what he saw.
"I had a great visit in Tampa," said Calhoun. "USF really knows how to welcome a person. "It was a great campus, really beautiful and big. They had real nice facilities, and had a lot to offer."
Coming in to the visit the big-bodied lineman the Bulls didn't have a head coach and didn't expect much from his trip to Tampa.
"The biggest thing is how we all came in knowing that they didn't have a head coach and I was sort of taking the visit just to take it because it was in Florida and to have a good time," said Calhoun. "Then we me the new coach and he was very awesome. He's the kind of coach I would like to play for."
The Bulls new Head Coach Willie Taggart definitely made an impression on the visiting lineman.
"He presented himself very well and told us what he wanted, and very straight forward, He's also easy to get along with a funny too. He told us he just wants to elevate the program to high levels," said Calhoun. "He's just one of those coaches that just wants go in and win. He had passion and the vibe he gave off was all about winning."
The standout lineman plays left tackle for Navarro and that's what he's being recruited for by USF and sees an opportunity to play in Tampa.
"They have a few guys graduating and the depth chart looks very good," said Calhoun. "They're talking about me coming in and competing for the starting spot."
Calhoun came in with his teammate Zach Fondal and was hosted by former teammate and current defensive end Tevin Mims, who played a lot during his first year at USF.
"It was great being with Tevin. We played together and I've known him for several years now. He said nothing but great things about the program. That it's a great place, great weather, and the place to be."
As to other visits, Calhoun said he wasn't sure if he's going to take any due to flux in coach situations, and that includes this weekend's scheduled official visit to Texas Tech.
"I was going to take a Texas Tech visit this weekend, but due to coaches not being there. I feel like there is not really a need to go there right now," said Calhoun. "I have some possible visits set down the road, but I'm not sure just yet."
Visits down the road maybe an afterthought as Calhoun is graduating early and making a decision in the very near future.
"I'm graduating in December," said Calhoun. "I'll make my decision real soon, in about a week or so."
With a great official visit fresh in mind, Calhoun said he has a top school list.
"Right now South Florida, OU, and Texas Tech are at the top of my list," said Calhoun, who added that the USF visit opened his eyes to the Tampa program. "The visit really helped them a lot. It opened my eyes a lot more then what bit was at first."
The coveted tackle went further to name South Florida as his new leader.
"USF is not only at the top of my list," said Calhoun. They're my leader."
Calhoun mentioned why USF is now the team to beat for his services.
"When I first met Coach Taggart, he was all business, and he comes off as the kind of coach I would like to play for and USF is a school that I could see myself at for the next few years. It doesn't get much better than what I saw in Tampa."
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