Taking Stock –
|High School||Creekside (St. John’s, FL)|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Signed Date||Dec. 18, 2019 (Early Signing Day)|
The tight end position has been something of a focus for Mike Houston and his coaching staff since they took over the program late in 2018. From a pretty bear cupboard of players at that position, Houston now has four solid options in Zech Byrd, Jeremy Lewis, graduate transfer Ryan Jones and incoming freshman Shane Calhoun.
Calhoun, who had offers from the likes of Army, Appalachian State and Cincinnati, truly made a name for himself during his senior campaign at Creekside High School in Florida.
In 10 games, Calhoun hauled in 30 catches for over 400 yards and found the end zone three times. One of those scores came against Bartram Trail, a game in which Calhoun logged a career-best 11 receptions and 157 yards.
For a tight end, Calhoun possesses some speed, but it is his size that allows him to break would-be defender’s tackles for extra yardage after contact.
Watch Shane Calhoun’s highlight tapes here.
On tape, Calhoun can be seen lining up in the slot receiver position, as well as the traditional tight end set. In the Pirates’ scheme, it is likely Calhoun, and the other ECU tight end’s, will be asked to block for the run or stay in for pass protection far more than they will be split out.
Nevertheless, 2019 proved that the Pirates like targeting tight ends near the goal line. Of the team’s 22 touchdowns, six went to tight ends, including three to Byrd and two to Anthony Watley.
While Byrd and Lewis figure to have the advantage on the depth chart of Calhoun, there is little doubt the incoming freshman will be a contributor at some point in his collegiate career. A solid pass catcher with good hands, Calhoun was tabbed as a top-60 tight end in the nation by 247Sports.com and the 23rd-best tight end in the country by ESPN.com.
His mid-three star rating means the industry consensus is Calhoun possesses enough talent to be an impact player at the college level. Fortunately for the Pirates, Calhoun will spend the next four years making that impact in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.