June 19, 2009

Calero: Always knew he would be a Spartan

Earlier today SpartanMag.com broke the news that Taylor Calero of Southfield Christian High School had committed to Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans. We were able to speak with Calero late tonight and get the details about his commitment to the Green and White. Find out more about the newest member of the Spartan Family.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Calero had gotten word that he was to call Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio at 7:45AM on Friday. Calero made the call and Coach Dantonio extended him a full scholarship offer. It did not take long for Calero to make his mind.

"I told myself if I ever got an offer from Michigan State I would take it," Calero said. "Before Coach Dantonio would accept my commitment, he said he wanted me to come up to East Lansing with my family and meet with him."

So when you officially became a Spartan what was the reaction from Coach Dantonio?

He was real excited and I was super pumped. It felt good to get it done. It is weight off my shoulders and now I can concentrate on resting and getting ready for my senior season," Calero said.

Rest is something Calero needs as he has a stress fracture in his pelvic bone that gets aggravated every time he works out or attends a camp or combine. However, that injury did not stop him from giving 100% at the Spartan Camp last week.

"The coaches said they liked my toughness," he said. "The coaches knew I was injured, but I still came up to camp and did really well. They said it was my performance at camp that helped them make their decision."

Calero also talked about where the Spartans see him helping the team when he arrives in East Lansing.

"Coach Dantonio said he can see me as a 250-pound defensive end that can rush the passer," Calero said.

Calero informed SpartanMag.com that this was his 4th visit to Michigan State recently and his comfort factor with the university was a key factor. The trip today allowed his family to become more familiar with Michigan State University and the football program.

"Coach Enos showed us around campus. He took us on a tour. That was good for my mom as she had not done that yet. We also were able to meet with Coach Narduzzi and Coach Gill and talk with them."

Calero went on to tell SpartanMag.com that he is very excited about the other future Spartans he will be playing with. Being able to join a recruiting class with talented defenders like Max Bullough, William Gholston and Mylan Hicks is something Calero is looking forward to.

SpartanMag.com will be updating our in-state rankings in the near future. As we stated prior to his commitment to Michigan State, Calero is a player who will be making a solid move up the rankings. The class of 2010 is shaping up to be a very good one and Calero is a prime example of the depth of talent.

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