San Antonio, Tex.--On Saturday the Auburn Tigers and Brent Calloway pulled off the first big surprise of the recruiting season when four-star running back/linebacker pulled a switch-a-roo from the Crimson Tide to the Tigers during the U.S. Army All-American Game.
One of the top prospects in the nation, Calloway had been committed to Alabama since his junior year but in the end decided he wanted to be a Tiger instead. At 6-3, 225, Calloway could be the big back that offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn wants to compliment Michael Dyer in the backfield for Auburn's offense.
"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."
A physical prospect who can play on either side of the ball, he is expected to line up at running back for the Tigers. In his three years as a starter for Russellville Calloway amassed over 5,000 rushing yards and scored more than 80 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a sophomore and junior and more than 2,000 as a senior.
Commenting on the difference between Auburn and Alabama, "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 added. "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."