February 20, 2013

Kalu brings length, explosiveness

The week before Baylor's first junior day, Alief Taylor defensive back Josh Kalu got an excused absence out of his fifth period class to go to the football coaches office.

There, he met Baylor assistant coach Kendal Briles with an invitation to come to Waco.

"It worked out really well because my sister went to San Marcos,'' Kalu said. "I went with my parents. Everything went great. I feel like they are going to work with the kids both academically and on the field.''

Baylor hasn't offered yet but the staff would not have offered him unless it felt like he could play at the BCS level. One school does - Colorado. The PAC 12 Buffaloes have offered as well as SMU and Boise State.

Like many high school football players, Kalu has watched the rise of the Baylor football because of the impact Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

"I like that it's a Christian school,'' he said. "The coaching is great and they have an outstanding head coach [Art Briles].''

The 6-1, 180-pound safety/defensive back also is a threat in the return game. His length and ability to make plays makes him attractive. Taylor used in him on punt returns where he was effective averaging 13.9 yards in 13 returns.

His tackle numbers - 32 total - were impacted because strength of the defense came along the front but he did manage a 40-yard fumble return and an interception.
Without question, he believes his 4.6 40 time can be trimmed. Following the basketball season, he'll move in track where he will work on the triple and high jumps along with the 110 hurdles.

"I'm working really hard right now so I'll have a chance,'' Kalu said. "I'm really happy about the offers I do have. I just want to see how it goes.''

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