Calloway On All-Star Experience, Choosing AU

Auburn football verbal commitment Brent Calloway talks about choosing the Tigers, his friendship with Jonathan Rose and more.

Russellville, Ala.--On Wednesday Auburn's newest commitment, Brent Calloway, capped a busy week when he was honored in Birmingham as the Class 5A Back of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association for his play in 2010.

A dominating and punishing runner, the 6-3, 225 Calloway rushed for 1,973 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior on the way to the honor and says he's proud to be included in a special group of players.

"It was a great honor to just be invited to something like that," Calloway says. "To be recognized as a great athlete at any point in time is great."

In addition to Calloway, Auburn was well represented as fellow future Tigers Jonathan Rose (3A Back of the Year), Reese Dismukes (5A Lineman of the Year), and Sammie Coates (2A Back of the Year) were also honored. Calloway says it was fun to get to see those guys again and continue building a bond together.

"I got to know all of them because we played on the same team in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game," Calloway notes. "It was real fun hanging out with them again."

Calloway poses with Reese Dismukes, Jonathan Rose and Sammie Coates

Calloway made the trip to Birmingham after just recently returning from San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Game. Visiting last year while just a junior, Calloway says it was a positive experience getting to play in the game while hanging out with Rose once again.

"It's good," Calloway says of the honor of playing in the game. "It means I've done something or accomplished something in order to play. It was a great opportunity to play against and meet other All Americans.

"It was good and weird at the same time," he adds. "Everywhere I go me and Jonathan are roommates. I don't know how it happens but everywhere I've been we've been roommates."

Calloway says that will continue next year when he arrives in Auburn after committing to the Tigers during the NBC broadcast of the game in San Antonio. A longtime commitment to Alabama, he made the decision to de-commit from the Crimson Tide before the game and chose coach Gene Chizik's team during the fourth quarter.

"I just really like the campus and the atmosphere at Auburn," Calloway notes. "The coaches are very cool, too. That was important for me to get a feel for the coaches when I visited there."

Even though he had spoken to Auburn's coaching staff since his official visit back in November for the Georgia game, Calloway says he didn't give them any indication he would be choosing the Tigers before he actually did the deed last Saturday. It was a decision that he admits caught them by surprise a little.

"They told me they went crazy when I committed to them," Calloway says. "They said their phones were ringing off the hook and they were just happy. They didn't have any idea about it. It makes me happy that they were so excited."

Being recruited by the Tigers as a running back, Calloway has a chance to step in and compete immediately for playing time with Mario Fannin gone and just Michael Dyer back as a true tailback. He says for him that makes his decision even bigger.

"It's very good for me because I know if I go out there and do what I have to do then I'll be playing," Calloway says.

Earlier this week Calloway had the opportunity to watch his future teammates play for and win the BCS National Championship as Auburn defeated Oregon on Monday night. He says that it was great to see the team pull together and win number 14.

"I thought it was a great game," Calloway says. "Obviously Auburn did what they had to do to stop LaMichael (James). That won the game for them. The defense made the great plays they needed to make in order for them to win, clutch plays. I knew it was going to be a very close game."

Saying that there's a possibility he may take a visit to Alabama and another trip down to Auburn for an unofficial visit, Calloway notes he's still not sure if that will happen or not but he feels good about his decision.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," Calloway says about his upcoming trips. "I'll just have to let you know. I have no clue what I'm going to do but I'm very solid on my commitment to Auburn."

Calloway is Auburn's 17th public verbal commitment. The Tigers are expected to sign their full allotment of 25 players for the 2011 class. There are no official visits scheduled this week for the Tigers, but the following weekend when the national championship team is honored Coach Gene Chizik and his staff are expected to play host to a large group of prospects.

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