Four-star previews ND visit

Notre Dame will host one of the nation’s most versatile athletes for the Irish Invasion when four-star Warner Robbins (Ga.) skill prospect Marquez Callaway makes his first trip to campus.

A top 15 athlete nationally, four-star Marquez Callaway of Warner Robbins (Ga.) will head to Notre Dame this week to participate in the Irish Invasion.

“I want to see all what I’ve heard about Notre Dame,” Callaway said. “I want to see what coach (Scott) Booker has been telling me. He tells me it’s an awesome place and people around me in Georgia tell me all good things. Coach Booker said that even if football doesn’t work out, getting a degree from Notre Dame is a top priority. I won’t ever have to worry about getting a job. I want to see if what I’m hearing is true and to see if it meets expectations.”

Callaway plays receiver, free safety and cornerback for Warner Robbins. That versatility has made him a top recruit for the Irish.

“Coach Booker has been trying to get me to come up for the longest time,” Callaway said. “Every time I would bring it up to mom and dad, they said we couldn’t afford to fly up there, so coach Booker said we would try again later. I asked my mom again about Irish Invasion, and she said this time I could do it if I went without them. So I’m flying up Thursday.”

A possession receiver that checks in at 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, Callaway prefers offense to defense, though he is being recruited for both. 

“I hope (Notre Dame) likes me as a wide receiver,” Callaway said. “I would say I prefer offense to defense 60 percent to 40 percent. There are some schools that like me as athlete right now, and that’s probably Notre Dame.”

According to Callaway, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State and Tennessee are recruiting him for offense. Florida State and Georgia like him as a defensive back.

Callaway is not listing favorites and has no immediate plans to trim his list. He visited Mississippi State and Tennessee last week.

“I know I’m wide open right now, no matter what people and the media are saying about Georgia,” Callaway said. “I don’t get involved with that kind of talk. I know I will take all of my official visits and decide after the season. After Notre Dame, I don’t have anything planned, but I know I’ll probably take some more visits.”

Last year on offense Callaway had 33 receptions for 359 yards and one touchdown.

“I like to set people up,” Callaway said. “I like to bring the distraction to me. I want the football, but I know I’ll have two or three defenders on me. I’m like, fine, y’all can do that. I know what my teammates can do.”

Callaway is contemplating being a two-sport athlete in college.

“I was going to play basketball too, but I was told that I would not have enough time,” Callaway said. “I still might, but I’m unsure about it.”

Callaway is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 3 athlete in Georgia and No. 11 athlete in the Class of 2016.


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