"I played strong safety last year and had 78 tackles, five sacks, and five passes broken up," said Orlando Calhoun
. "I have a 31-7 record in wrestling, and I won the meet at Comeaux yesterday. I have a lot of room to get better in wrestling, though."
While Calhoun may be modest, the facts don't lie. He's one of the top three grapplers in the state's 189-pound division, despite giving up several pounds to most opponents. Calhoun's weight varies anywhere from 172-to-185 pounds, although he usually checks in around 180-to-181 pounds.
"I've qualified for Team Louisiana," said Calhoun. "They go around the nation competing. My coach wants me to wrestle in the 160-pound class for that."
How does wrestling benefit his football career?
"Leverage and technique are one thing (that helps with football), but stamina is a whole other story," replied Calhoun. "When we're doing foot drills in football practice, a lot of the other guys will have their hands on their knees and I'll be fine. Wrestling makes everything easier."
Calhoun would like to play football and wrestle in college and his early favorites are Army, Iowa, and Iowa State.
What does Calhoun's senior standout teammate, Tyler Porter (Louisiana Tech signee), have to say about the '13 prospect?
"Orlando is a well-rounded guy who is really smart," said Porter. "He listens, he likes to learn, and he has a great work ethic. He's one of my favorite underclassmen on the team.
"Early in the year (last season), he would just run too fast and hard into the play, but then our coaches - such as Tyson Andrus - worked with him and helped him improve. Coach Trev Faulk (now the head coach at Vermilion Catholic) told Orlando that he would be an all-state safety if he would slow down one step.
"Orlando was getting into the backfield on every play last year against Acadiana (5A state champion), Westgate (5A semifinalist), and Teurlings Catholic (4A semifinalst). He was rushing in too fast, though, and would get off balance. He worked on his technique and steadily improved as the year went on..."
Orlando Calhoun started as a sophomore for Northside (Lafayette, La.), which fields one of the state's top football programs. In addition, he's among the best wrestlers in Louisiana, regardless of weight class. Read further to find out more. What does his teammate, Louisiana Tech signee Tyler Porter, have to say about the '13 prospect?