Aleon Calhoun is a talented JUCO offensive tackle recruit, and it looks like the Texas A&M Aggies may be well on their way toward receiving his signature.
At the very least, Kevin Sumlin's program looks to have a tremendous chance to come away with the offensive tackle before 2013's signing period ends.
According to Damon Sayles of ESPN.com, Calhoun is interested in the Aggies, and Texas A&M has room to send him a letter of intent:
“I wanted to go to Texas A&M,” Calhoun said, “but I haven’t talked to them in like two weeks. It’s still a possibility. Right now, it’s hectic. I’m not for sure where I’m going. I know where I’d like to end up, but at the end of the day, I’ve got to see who wants me and go there.”
Calhoun said the overall atmosphere of Texas A&M intrigues him. With him playing high school ball in Navasota, the drive to College Station would only be a 20-minute commute. Texas A&M offered during the 2012 season, and it has two scholarships remaining in its signing class available if it chooses to forward him a national letter of intent. The Aggies signed 23 in February -- not counting the eight early enrollees that are backdated to count against the 2012 class.
Calhoun has until the regular signing period ends to make a decision, and that's coming up on April 1, so time is indeed running out.
That's great for Texas A&M, because for all intents and purposes, he appears to be leaning toward the Aggies. They are listed as the top team on his 247Sports interest list, followed by Arkansas, East Carolina, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech all with "warm interests."
With the signing period closing sooner rather than later, that gives those other programs less time to make a push for Calhoun, and if all Texas A&M needs to do is send him a letter of intent, it looks like Sumlin and his staff are in good shape to pick up the big JUCO tackle.
At this point, I'm not sure why they wouldn't send him the letter.
He's 6'7'', 340 pounds and ranked as the No. 7 JUCO offensive tackle in the 2013 class. If anything, he's a big body and depth player, and that's something that you can't get enough of in the SEC.
If A&M was to add Calhoun to an offensive line group from 2013 that featured 3-star guard Joas Agulilar (6'4'', 290 pounds), 4-star offensive tackle Ishmael Wilson (6'5'', 292 pounds) and 3-star JUCO offensive tackle Jeremiah Stuckey (early enrollee/6'6'', 285 pounds), there's a lot to feel good about in regard to the future in the trenches.
He does have experience considering his time at the JUCO level, so overall, the Aggies would be gaining a valuable player. You can't teach size, and Calhoun has plenty of it.
I would venture to say that the ball is in the Aggies' court right now, but either way, Texas A&M is undoubtedly the favorite to land Calhoun.