Name: Name: AJ Calabro
Position: Defensive back
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Hometown: Farmingdale, N.J.
High School: Saint John Vianney
2019 stats: Calabro did not appear in any games for the Orange.
2020 projections: He’ll be in the mix for special teams roles, like many other redshirt sophomores and juniors not on the two deep depth chart.
How’d he get here?: The walk-on chose to come to ‘Cuse over much smaller stadiums at Wagner and Pace.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Nothing, which will be all the more sweet when he has his special team moment at some point over his ‘Cuse career.
Money quote: His athletic director from High School spoke of Calabro’s motives for ‘Cuse over other preferred walk-on destinations, and the kid is a smart cookie, literally.
Twitter feed: @AJ_Calabro
Tweets of wonder: Looks like Calabro is getting some video editing work in while at ‘Cuse.
Sample edit for my guy @jadinzaki looking to do some bigger projects soon.. pic.twitter.com/7CpfgLqE5V— AJ Calabro (@AJ_Calabro) March 16, 2019
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Scrolling through Calabro’s Twitter feed, the kid is a Steelers fan (hell yeah!) and since he’s pretty young, he needs to watch the Dark Knight Rises to see Hines Ward do something he never did in the NFL: return a kickoff for a touchdown.
Interesting nugget o’interest: While Tommy DeVito may give off the Staten Island vibes of the Orange (RIP Shutdown Fullcast), Calabro was the Orange actually born there.
Let’s get a look at ya: Here’s Calabro from 2019 in an Oklahoma drill at practice, stuffing other walk-ons.
Oklahoma drill No. 1: the defense dominated today. Here’s walk-on DB AJ Calabro coming downhill to make a couple stops on walk-on Ethan Fischler. Then a front of Zach Morton, Shaq Grosvenor and Drew Tuazama clogs the hole on third down. pic.twitter.com/vmngN6Kg4K— Stephen Bailey (@Stephen_Bailey1) March 28, 2019