Brylee Callender lands at California JC

Brylee Callender, a 6-1, 190-pound running back from Lakeville, has landed at Feather River (CA) CC. Callender had been recruited by the Gophers, who had been holding a scholarship for him. Unfortunately, he was suspended from the Panthers baseball team for the rest of the season for violating Minnesota State High School League rules in May and failed to land a qualifying score on his standardized test. Callender was reportedly charged with comsumption by a minor at his high school prom.

Brylee Callender was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team as he led the Panthers to a 14-0 mark and a Prep Bowl championship and rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards as a senior. He did not play as a junior, due to a Minnesota High School League violation. Callender's sophomore season was cut short by a burst appendix.

Callender rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the 34-9 championship game win over Hastings and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals win over Armstrong. Callender finished with 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores this season.

Baseball had become his Plan B after playing on Lakeville's American Legion team last summer and batting .355. He was hitting .429 before the suspension and he had gotten interest from several major league scouts.

Unfortunately, the suspension hurt his chances of being seen by more major league scouts and he went undrafted in the MLB Draft in June.

Callender had previously admitted that his lack of playing before his breakthrough season hurt his recruitment.

"If I had played as a junior, I would have heard from more schools," he said.

Callender has made big strides in his academics in the past year after previously struggling in the classroom. His friendship with teammate Vinny Flury has reportedly helped Callender on the field and in the classroom as well. Callender took the ACT test for the second time Jan. 31 and visited the Gophers later that day.

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