Tide offer surprises explosive 2016 ATH

Alabama began this week aggressively, offering several prospects in the class of 2015 and 2016, and the most explosive of the bunch may also be the youngest. Two-way, two-sport star Marquez Callaway breaks it down inside.

Entering the week, Marquez Callaway was one of the top Peach State prospects without an offer to his name.

That changed in a big way as both Georgia and Alabama came through with a scholarship offer for the 2016 standout from Warner Robins (Ga.).

"Georgia and 'Bama offered so far, Georgia was during junior day and 'Bama was yesterday," he said. "Hopefully more to come. Alabama was a surprise, because I didn't know that they would do it."

Callaway plays a big role in high school, as a safety and wide receiver, but his heart currently lies on offense. The Bulldogs see him on defense, while Alabama is selling him on his preference.

"They told me they'll stay in touch," he said. "They came last week and I talked to them on the phone yesterday. I think it's a good school so I can get an education and have a good season.

"Coach Smart said he liked my abilities that I can bring to 'Bama."

Still unsure of if he wants to also play basketball in college after an all-state sophomore season on the hardwood, there could be a related twist later on in his recruitment.

"I have one older brother and a god brother, my god brother is the same age but he's a basketball player," Callaway said. "We're best friends and want to go to the same college. His name is Donovan Brown, he went to my school last year, went to Macon (Ga.) and is coming back this year."

The sophomore checks in at 6-foot-3, 170 pounds and he'll be a big name to know for the next 20 months or so before he signs a national letter of intent.

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