Notes from the Road

WARNER ROBINS - Dawg Post's recruiting notes from the road during travels around Georgia.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. - Marquez Callaway has it narrowed down to two.

Georgia and Alabama. It's all he thinks about.

Generally if you're just trying to chat it up with a young recruit, in this case a 2016 safety, you ask them what they do for fun outside of football.

Callaway can't stay off the football field, and when he does he's busy playing AAU basketball with the Atlanta Celtics, who are pretty good.

During a recent photo shoot with Dawg Post, the four-star prospect says he doesn't really get out much if he's not playing sports. He's looking for a big summer in terms of AAU ball. His versatility extends beyond the basketball court, though.

He plays on both sides of the ball, using his height at wide receiver.

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound safety has offers from both the Tide and the Dawgs, and will have to choose between the SEC foes eventually, but not too soon.

Georgia is really the closest school to Callaway in terms of proximity - its campus lying just over two hours away from Callaway's high school in Warner Robins.

While it's unclear who has the upper hand, the rising junior is clearly putting a lot of early thought into this decision.

Keep an eye on this guy.

HINESVILLE, Ga. – Since I was only 45 minutes away, I took a trip to Liberty County High School to visit with 2017 safety Richard LeCounte. He's a humble kid to have as many offers as he does following his freshman season - 15.

The 6-foot-1, 171-pound defensive back out of Hinesville, Ga. talked about where he was at this early stage of the recruiting process.

His contact with schools has been very limited lately. The rising sophomore stays busy with other sports, including track. However, he's found time to pick up offers from SEC schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. When I asked him what he was doing well to get all those offers, he simply replied, 'I don't know - must be something.'

His coach, Kirk Warner, said the same. Warner called LeCounte an athlete, which his what the young man prides himself in being. He took some time out of his day to speak with us and have a quick photo shoot before his algebra final.

LeCounte says it's too early to tell which school has the upper hand, but he's taken a liking to Ohio State - no coincidence due to the fact he speaks to his former teammate Raekwon McMillan often. McMillan is an early enrollee for the Buckeyes.

McMillan has spoken highly of 'the' Ohio State University in conversations with LeCounte, and LeCounte says it's a place he'd like to see for himself.

It will be a while before we see a clear front-runner for LeCounte, but he's got his eye on Columbus at the moment.


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