Marquez Callaway ranked among the best prospects at the Irish Invasion. Thanks to a three-day look at Notre Dame, the Irish now rank among the top offers for the four-star athlete from Warner Robbins, Ga.
Credit for the visit happening at all goes to Notre Dame tight ends coach Scott Booker, who recruits Georgia and piqued Callaway’s interest about checking out college football outside the SEC.
“I took this visit to see if what I had heard about Notre Dame was true, and it was all very true,” Callaway said. “I really enjoyed myself.”
Callaway arrived at Notre Dame on Thursday evening with his head coach.
“After we got settled in the hotel we had a host show us around part of campus,” Callaway said. “Then Will (Fuller) picked me, Chase Claypool and Kevin Stepherson up from our hotel and we went to his house with Amir (Carlisle) and Chris Brown and played 2K.”
Before the Irish Invasion commenced Friday evening, Callaway took in Notre Dame’s OTA and was given a tour of the football facilities.
“Campus was pretty cool and the facilities were good,” Callaway said. “I think I liked the people more than the place. I liked the place, but the people made it 10 times better.”
One person Callaway clicked particularly well with was defensive back Jalen Elliott, who committed to Notre Dame on Friday.
“We kept thinking that we knew each other from somewhere else,” Callaway said. “We are both going to play in the Army game together. We got each other’s numbers and we texted each other when we landed home to make sure we made it back safely. He’s a really good player. I went up against him twice before I switched to the other side.”
Callaway also established a strong rapport with wide receiver target Chase Claypool and rekindled a middle school friendship with safety target Spencer Perry.
“The first day at the hotel I was eating breakfast by myself, so I asked Chase if I could eat with him and the people that came with him,” Callaway said. “We ended up sitting with each other at lunch and dinner, too. I got his number so we’ll talk. That’s a big dude.
“Spencer and I played against each other in the 8th grade, and we said then that we were going to go to college together. It was great seeing him again, and he was probably the best guy I went up against.”
The majority of schools are recruiting Callaway as an athlete, according to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect, although Notre Dame projects him on offense. Florida State and Georgia are among the short list of schools that like Callaway at defensive back.
“I like offense better,” Callaway. “All day on that one.”
Next in the process for Notre Dame is getting Callaway – and his family – on campus for an official visit in the fall.
“The coaches told me not to rush it,” Callaway said. “With education, they said that if I want a life after football, no other school can offer what they can, and that’s really big with my mom. I’m going to have my mom call them if she has any questions.”
“I’m open right now,” Callaway said. “I want to take all of my officials and I won’t decide until the season is over, but I will probably cut my list at the end of summer.”
When the time comes to narrow his focus, Callaway plans to inquire about about the possibility of being a two-sport athlete in college.
“Asking them about basketball will probably be the first question I ask when I start to get serious about schools,” Callaway said. “It won’t be the main reason I choose a school, but I want to hear what they have to say. I know Notre Dame had a great season and I caught a bunch of their games on T.V.”
Callaway is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 11 athlete in the Class of 2016.