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High school football: Tulsa Washington's James Caligone working on mental part of his game

SUPER 30 - Tulsa Washington senior James Caligone has explosive quickness, sure hands and dynamic playmaking ability, an ideal set of tools for a cornerback. With that, he knows exactly where he must focus his attention to take his game to the next level.
by Scott Wright Published: June 27, 2012
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Tulsa Washington senior James Caligone has explosive quickness, sure hands and dynamic playmaking ability, an ideal set of tools for a cornerback.

With that, he knows exactly where he must focus his attention to take his game to the next level.

“It's the mental part of the game. I've got to get that down,” said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Caligone, No. 25 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruiting list. “When I go to 7-on-7 or college camps, I'm always listening to coaches. I've learned a lot about the details of what to look at to be in the right position to make a play.

“I'm really focused on getting the mental part of the game down this summer.”

It's not an intelligence issue. Caligone is a smart football player. But after playing safety last season, he's learning the difference between being a good high school cornerback and a Division I prospect.

“What really stands out is his potential,” first-year Tulsa Washington head coach Marvin Dantzler said. “Physically and mentally, he has all the tools. We're just waiting for it to click.

“We're waiting on his maturity to kick in, and we've seen progression, so we're happy about that.”

Caligone has received recruiting interest from programs like Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Purdue, Kansas State and others, but has yet to receive any offers — a fact that he finds both frustrating and motivating.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30

The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 25, James Caligone of Tulsa Washington. Here are the players we've written about so far:

No. 30: Trevan Smith, Edmond Santa Fe

No. 29: Chris Hall, Tulsa Union

No. 28: Caleb Holland, Carl Albert

No. 27: Cory Irwins, Mustang

No. 26: Diquon Woodhouse, Altus

No. 25: James Caligone, Tulsa Washington

No. 25: James Caligone

School: Tulsa Washington

Height: 5-foot-10

Weight: 180 pounds

Position: Cornerback

Offers: None yet, but interest from Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas Tech, Purdue, Kansas and Kansas State, among others.

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