There are always prospects that just pop up. They are called sleepers. Even in today's day of recruiting it happens. Certainly there are always sleepers in South Florida like Carlton Calendar. He plays wide receiver and defensive back for a small school in Miami called the Doral Academy Charter High School. They are coached by former Michigan standout and Philadelphia Eagle Evan Cooper.
"This kid has great size, great hands, and exceptional speed and runs crisp routes," Cooper said. "Defensively he covers real well but his best attribute is his tackling. Carlton can really hit you. I don't think it matters to him because he just wants to play. But honestly I think he prefers safety."
Calendar started as a freshman at 6A Miami (Fla.) Southridge High School. He spent last year at Doral Academy and is now home schooled and a part time student at this charter high school. Calendar is now 6-2 and 195 pounds. He runs in the 4.4 range and has a 40-inch vertical jump.
"The bottom line is that coaches and scouting services just don't know about our school. We had a spring game early this season and there were 18 or 19 D-1 schools there to watch. But they weren't there to watch us. They were there to watch Dade Christian (linebacker Daniel Mack). From that game I got some calls about Calendar and some of the others. I think we now have seven to eight division one guys in his class and next year's class.
"Syracuse, Kentucky, Louisville, Clemson and Colorado State have offered him."
According to Cooper, Doral Academy is only six years old and they have played football for five years. They have 900 students in the high school and play 2A football. Last season they finished 10-1 in Cooper's first season as the head man. They were ineligible for the playoffs because they were on probation because they didn't have enough players.
This past weekend Doral Academy won the Palm Beach Shootout, a seven on seven tournament in South Florida. There, they beat Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer in the final, avenging their loss to Dwyer in last year's championship game. Dwyer is led by one of the top 2010 prospects in Matt Elam.
'We have a lot of good, skilled kids players. We know we can be good and just need to put it together. We did this past weekend. It was sweet revenge."
Calendar is hoping to graduate early in December and enroll in college in January.