It’s been a quiet summer on the recruiting front for four-star athlete Marquez Callaway of Warner Robbins (Ga.), but with his senior season set to begin next week, he’ll soon shift his attention to visiting colleges.
“I haven’t decided on anything yet,” Callaway said. “I’m probably going to sit down with my parents and coaches and check my schedule with the schedules of the colleges and see what will work out.
“I want to take some of my visits to places that I haven’t been before and places that I can’t get to by driving.”
The 6-foot-2 ½, 230-pound athlete will play wide receiver and cornerback as well as return punts and kicks this season. He named five schools in contact the most.
Callaway is being recruited to play wide receiver at Notre Dame, but his skillset could allow for the position switch to defense in the future.
“I probably talk with coach (Scott) Booker once every couple of weeks,” Callaway said. “I like how he keeps it real with me. He wants me to come back for a game this season.”
Callaway took his first visit to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion in June after hearing positive things about the program from Booker.
“Everything about Notre Dame was just very nice and it passed my expectations,” Callaway said. “The people were all very nice too and it was a beautiful place to be.”
Tennessee, which also received a June visit from Callaway, has impressed Callaway’s mom. The Volunteers have positioned themselves as a top contender in his recruitment, though Callaway has yet to go public with favorites.
“My mom likes Tennessee a lot because they said they’ll pay for my Masters,” Callaway said. “Plus, it’s not too far, but I know it can get cold up there in the winter.”
That holds true of South Bend too.
“I know Notre Dame does get cold too, obviously,” Callaway said, laughing.
For Callaway, how a team fights through adversity is a priority in how he finds the right fit at the next level.
“I am going to base my decision a lot on how a team carries their teammates and how they pick each other up when something goes wrong,” Callaway said.
Conversely, win-loss records this season won’t factor largely into his decision.
“I’ll look into it, but I’m not going to think about it too much,” Callaway said. “Every year a team can’t have a great year. Sometimes it’s their year, and sometimes it’s not.”
Callaway is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 12 athlete in the Class of 2016 and No. 184 player overall.