IlliniBoard Recruiting Update: Football & Hoops

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This update is courtesy Jon Miller of

The 6-foot-7, 270-pound Calloway attends Belleville East High School and is a two-sport standout.

He also plays basketball and has been a part of the St. Louis Falcons AAU basketball club in recent years.

But Calloway believes he will play college football at the next level. He attended the recent Nike Camp in Iowa City and is also planning to come back to Iowa City next week for their annual football camp. recently got in touch with Calloway's father, Eddie, for the latest on his son

EDDIE CALLOWAY: "He has been primarily a basketball player who played football as his fun sport and was playing basketball as his serious sport. He has always been tall. Last year he decided that football was probably the best sport to play in college. Unfortunately he sprained his ankle pretty bad before the first game of the year and spent the entire year nursing it."

"He has always played defensive line, but is told by almost all of the coaches that have called or who have stopped by to see him is that he will play offensive tackle in college."

"In basketball he only has two schools recruiting him that he is even vaguely interested in and they are Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. But like I said he would rather play college football."

EDDIE CALLOWAY: "In football he has D1 schools from all over the nation writing, but the schools that seem most interested, the schools that stopped by and saw him back in May were; Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kansas, Kansas State and Northwestern."

"Kyle's favorite schools right now are Iowa, Notre Dame, Illinois, Arizona State and Missouri."

"He really liked the coaches staffs at Iowa and Illinois. Missouri wants him to come out to their camp for one day. As of right now, Iowa is his #1 choice and we are hoping that they offer him a scholarship this next week at their camp."

"Kyle is also considering attending one day camps at Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. A lot of that will depend on what plays out with Iowa. Right Iowa is his number one choice and that is why Kyle will be there Monday. "

"With my being in the Military, Kyle has moved all over (Illinois, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Japan, and Florida) and doesn't really have a loyalty to any state. In fact, if he goes to a school and redshirts (which he prefers) he will spend five years at that school and that will be longer than he has lived at any other location. The Air Force will move me after Kyle graduates next year so since I have no idea where I will live, choosing a school close to home is out of the question."

CLASS OF 2006 WG JON SCHEYER This update is courtesy John Watson of

After seeing a lot of hype surrounding his recruitment earlier this spring, Illinois combo guard Jonathan Scheyer has had a chance to reap the rewards of his hard work in the form of a number of the nation's top programs showing interest. While he's not ready to move forward with his recruiting process just yet, the talented scorer hopes to take a step in that direction this weekend in Durham.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing the campus and Cameron Indoor Stadium for the first time," said 6-foot-6 Illinois standout Jon Scheyer. "It'll be great to see Duke and learn more about them first hand."

Seeing schools outside of the Midwest hasn't been easy for Scheyer, who has kept a busy schedule throughout the spring portion of the AAU circuit. In fact it's been pretty close to impossible for him to even try and take a look around.

"I've been playing with the Illinois Warriors all spring, and then I'm also working out with my personal trainer three days a week. He's helping me get bigger, faster, and stronger, but it hasn't left me much time to really think about recruiting. Mainly I've just concentrated on improving."

Indeed strength is the one thing that the lanky shooter has lacked early in his high school career, though it didn't stop him from lighting up the Illinois high school scene to the tune of over 26 point per game as a sophomore for Glenbrook North. And Jon thinks last year was only the beginning.

"Last year I had trouble with people being able to push me around. But I'm working hard and have already added around 10 pounds of muscle. The added strength has already helped me off the dribble and when I have to guard bigger guys on defense. I already have noticed a difference. I'm a complete different player from where I was a year ago."

That complete new player will bring his game to Durham this weekend for Duke's annual basketball camp along with top 2005 center prospect Eric Boateng. The trip will give Scheyer a chance to really evaluate the Blue Devils and their stepped up interest in him.

"At first I was talking with Coach Collins about everything. It was kind of a chance for us to get to know one another. Now he's telling me about how well I'd fit at Duke and how much they'd like for me to be a part of the program there. They said they recruit players and not positions. I like that."

And if he had to compare himself to anyone?

"We came up with a comparison that I think fits. I'm a smaller version of Mike Dunleavy and a bigger version of Kirk Heinrich. Both could shoot the ball and both had a really high basketball IQ and could play anywhere on the court. I think I can play the off guard, or handle the ball a little here and there. I try not to limit myself as just a shooter or whatever."

Developing his overall game will be paramount this weekend for Scheyer, though he's also heading to Duke with hopes of learning more about head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"This weekend I'll get a chance to meet Coach K and get a feel for him. I mean he's probably one of, if not the, best coaches ever. I am a player who likes to learn every time out, and there is so much I can learn from a coach like him. I am hoping I can get a feel for what kind of teacher he is."

Despite all the high major interest early on, don't expect Scheyer to look to commit any time soon, though he has already thought of his recruiting plan.

"Hopefully I'll have a feel for all the schools who are really interested in me by the end of the summer. Then I can start to narrowing them down to three that I can visit in the spring. That way I can commit by early next summer."
This update is courtesy Josh Clark of The Insiders.

Every year in large metropolitian areas, it is hard to track down every single prospect whose talents belong playing division one football. One name that just now starting to scratch the surface is Parkway West running back Chris Jackson, one of the top performers at the Missouri one day football camp held in Saint Louis this past Sunday.

While A.J. Jimmerson has taken all the headlines as a running back in the Saint Louis area, and though Darrell Lloyd has received recongition from some as the best pure running back in the area, Chris Jackson has just quietly gone to work.

In fact, the area of work he has been trying to concentrate the most has been in the classroom.

"A lot of schools have backed off me because of my academics," said Jackson, who currently carries a 2.0 GPA. "That is probably the reason I've received the most interest from Coffeyville junior college to this point. I'm taking the test this month, and I know I have to work to improve my status."

While Jackson may lack the necessary grades to enter a division one program, his talents are more than enough to warrant the interest from several programs around the midwest.

"I came in at 5'11 and 203 pounds at the Missouri camp. At first, I ran a 4.4 in the forty, but they wanted to me to start out in a different techinique than what my trainer had been teaching me. I then ran a 4.53, but I know that I can run a better time than that."

Still, 4.53 is not a time for a seventeen year old kid to be disappointed in. That combination of size and speed is what has still kept some Big Ten and Big 12 programs showing interest.

"I've received a lot of mail from Missouri, Michigan State, Indiana, and Kansas. I received a personal hand-written letter from Illinois just recently. I think most of the schools are aware of me, and I'll just have to show them I can improve in the classroom."

Did Missouri inform him of his status with their program while in attendance at camp?

"I spoke with Coach (David) Yost and Coach (Cornell) Ford. Coach Yost let me know that he knows about me, and would like to see me in black and gold. It all comes back to me, and I have to make sure I take care of it all on my end."

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