May 28, 2009

Local recruit nabs Big Ten offer

Back in March profiled a small school standout named Taylor Calero. We asserted then that the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect from Southfield Christian High School had a great chance of being one of the fast rising stars of the class of 2010. That assessment appears to be becoming to fruition as Calero just picked up his first BCS offer and could add several more in the coming weeks. caught up with Calero and he gave us the good news about his latest scholarship offer.

"I just picked up an offer from Indiana," he said. "I am going to be in Bloomington on June 5th checking things out."

So what was it like to get your first scholarship offer from a BCS program?

"It is an honor to be offered a scholarship from any school, but to be offered by a Big Ten school is special," Calero said.

The offer by the Hoosiers certainly gives them the inside track in the recruitment of the speedy linebacker/defensive end prospect. In fact, Calero indicated that it is not out of the question that he could end up a Hoosier if things go well on his visit.

If Calero decides to wait until the end of June to make a decision it is very possible that his scholarship offer list could expand significantly.

The main thing holding up additional scholarship offers is that teams want to see Calero perform in person before pulling the trigger. Coming from a smaller school, teams want to see him go head-to-head with other D1 prospects at camp. Several Big Ten schools will likely get that opportunity during the month of June.

"Minnesota is pretty interested and I will be at their camp," Calero said. "I also plan on going to camp at Northwestern and Michigan State."

With Michigan State, not only does the staff want to see him in person, but they also want to figure out what position best suits him. Calero has the size and speed to be a hybrid type linebacker/defensive end at the next level.

Calero's measurable at the combine back in March were as follows:

Ht: 6'2.5
Wt: 227
40: 4.66
Shuttle: 4.09
Vertical: 34.5
Bench: 225x11

Based on's assessment, it is possible that Calero could follow a development path in college similar to that of former Spartan Brandon Long. Long arrived at Michigan State as a linebacker recruit with impressive measurables. He ended up adding quality size and weight without losing speed. Long turned into a solid starting defensive end for Coach Dantonio. If Long's red-shirt year was not burned under the previous staff, he would potentially be an All-Big Ten level player this fall. will continue to follow Calero's recruitment over the coming weeks. Don't be surprised if he picks up additional scholarships and works his way up the state and national rankings in the near future.

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