Calloway Taking A Look At Tigers

Talented athlete Brent Calloway talks about taking a trip to Auburn over the weekend.

Russellville, Ala.--Since June star running back/linebacker Brent Calloway has been committed solidly to Alabama and not looking elsewhere. That was until a few weeks ago when he visited Auburn for the LSU game. Deciding he wanted to take a second look at the Tigers, Calloway was back to watch Auburn defeat Georgia on Saturday and said he had a good time checking things out.

"It was a good experience," Calloway said. "It was a great experience. The atmosphere was live. It was most of the things you would expect out of a big game. Everybody played their hardest. I got to see some great players like A.J. Green and Cam (Cam Newton). It was a great experience.

"It was crazy, it was wild, it was vibrant," Calloway added. "Everybody was live. It was loud. It wasn't normal atmosphere. It was a lot louder than the last time I was down there."

While he still considers himself a commitment to the Crimson Tide, Calloway said at the moment he's just looking around and Auburn is one of the schools he wants to make sure of before signing day in February.

"Auburn is a great school and they have great people there," Calloway said. "I feel comfortable there just like I would at anybody's campus if they were trying to make you feel comfortable. It's a great place and you definitely have to give them a look being the in-state school.

"I'm still committed," he added. "Every school that recruits me I consider them, you've got to. Seeing that Auburn is an in-state school they get a little more consideration than some of the farther away schools. I'm definitely considering every school."

Being recruited as a running back by Auburn, Calloway is a physical presence for coach Doug Goodwin's team this season. With the need for backs on the Plains an obvious one he said that is something he's paying attention to but it's not enough to sway his commitment just yet.

"It plays into things but at the end of the day it boils down to where I feel comfortable playing," Calloway said. "Is this the position (running back) I need to be playing in college to make it to the next level or is linebacker the position I need to play in college to make it to the next level. I'm going to talk to my dad and evaluate things and see things out."

That comfort level is something that Calloway said he feels at both Auburn and Alabama but he does admit there are some differences between the two schools. He said the most obvious of those are when he hangs around the coaching staffs and gets to spend time with them.

"They are way different, two different atmospheres," Calloway said. "It's more of a laid back things at Auburn. At Alabama it's more of a business-like approach, straight to it. Auburn is having fun while you do it and there it's stay focused and do your thing.

"They have great people that are into their recruits," he said of Auburn. "They are more of a taking you in, family-type ordeal. That's what everybody perceives Auburn is as a family and that's how they treat you. They are a great coaching staff, great coaches."

With both schools recruiting him Calloway said that while he would enjoy seeing this year's Iron Bowl in person, he's hoping he won't be there. That's the night of the AHSAA semi-finals in Alabama and for Calloway that's his main focus. Currently having a huge year, he said that finishing things in Jordan-Hare Stadium is the only choice for the Golden Tigers this season.

"I'm having a great season," Calloway said. "I've already broken the rushing record at my school (2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in 12 games). That's my goal but my goal is also to win a state championship. At the end of the day that's what I want to do.

"We worked 10 times harder in the summer and have way more leadership now than we had before," he added. "Everybody wants it and that's what we need, for everybody to want it as bad as the next person. If everybody does their job we can win it. I have no doubt in my mind we have a chance to win it."

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