2014 4-star linebacker Derik Calhoun has picked up an offer—his first—from the Washington Huskies, but there appears to be another program he'd like to eventually see an offer from: USC.
According to Barton Simmons of 247Sports.com, while Calhoun is excited about Washington, he would also like to hear from the Trojans:
While Calhoun doesn’t have a true favorite at this point, he’s always grown up a USC fan and another tie to the Trojans has furthered his interest.
“I would kind of say USC is an offer I’d like to get because I’ve always liked USC,” he said. “It was jut if I wanted to go there or not. I’ve always liked USC and my sister Deanna Calhoun plays basketball there.”
Lane Kiffin and USC need to read that quote very intently. And as soon as they do, they should follow Washington's lead and make an offer to Calhoun. He's going to be well worth it.
The kid's got everything that you look for in a stud outside linebacker. He's got good size at 6'0'', 215 pounds, and he flies around the field. He's got great downhill speed and can seemingly make it into the backfield before the play develops.
What I really like about him, though, is his physicality. Often times, quicker and more agile outside linebackers lose out at the point of attack and get blocked because they lack the ability to be physical. But that's not the issue with Calhoun. He hits the line of scrimmage hard and takes on blockers with either a powerful shove or by using his hands to shed the block.
With USC back on top of the college football world, Kiffin and his staff are going to have to be diligent with continuing to bring in top talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
We've seen in the past what great linebackers can do for a championship-caliber team (just ask Alabama), so if Kiffin can stock a few of those onto his depth chart, the future will continue to look bright.
Calhoun is a player who could develop into a star for USC in the years to come. The Trojans would be smart to make an offer.
The interest level is there for him, so now it's up to USC.