McCallum Talks GVSU Verbal

He came, worked out, received an offer and not too long afterwards, Payton McCallum committed to GVSU. He then spoke to GVReport about why it was such a quick and easy decision.

Payton McCallum showed Grand Valley State enough to earn an offer during his workout. An offer, he said was an honor to receive.

The Lakers showed him enough to make his eventual commitment a rather easy decision.

"It was kind of an easy choice," he admitted. "I had been leaning towards going there. I like it a lot and one of my best friends, Austin Green is on the team."

Like his close friend Green, the 6'4, 255-lb McCallum played on both sides of the line in high school and could again for the Lakers, although they do have an idea of where he will begin.

"They said when I was being recruited, it would probably be D-Line and maybe center or guard."

McCallum is also a fine basketball player, but says he plans on just sticking to one sport when he gets to Allendale.

Of course, the Lakers will have a new head coach, with defensive coordinator Matt Mitchell moving in to take over for Chuck Martin. Most of the staff remains intact and hence, McCallum will be coached by the men who had been recruiting him.

"I talked to them a lot from last year even because Austin was being recruited. I talked to them then ever since. I like all of the coaches there."

He also likes the football tradition.

"I know they are always a good football team and they have won some championships. I also know Rob Rubik, who played for them and then the Lions, his daughter goes to my school, so I've talked to him about the program before."

Tonight, McCallum has a basketball game. He says hoops gives him something to do in the offseason. For the first time in awhile, he does not have to worry about recruiting, just enjoying his snow day and the rest of his senior year.

"It feels really good," he said of making a commitment. "It takes a lot of stress off. I don't have to think about it all the time."

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