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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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James Caligone Tulsa Washington standout

“It's tough when you're at a camp and you're doing better than the guy in front of you, but he already has offers, so the coaches have to look at him first,” said Caligone, who has been clocked at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash. “Then they'll tell me they're gonna look at me later. So I have to keep working hard so I'm ready when somebody comes in and says ‘We want you.'”

Caligone has always been a two-way player, and he'll do it again for the Hornets, who move up to Class 6A in the fall. Aside from his starting cornerback role, he'll get some time at running back.

“What he gives you is that wow factor,” Dantzler said. “He's the guy who can go 90 yards on a busted play.”

Yet Caligone knows his future is at cornerback.

“I'm not big, but I can be a physical corner. I like to jam guys and get in their face,” he said. “Moving over from safety, I feel like the coaches put me in the best position for myself and for the team.”

by Scott Wright
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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