NJ RB Andre Callender

Several colleges have already offered scholarships to the speedy running back from Seton Hall Prep. Penn State is one of the many schools interested in the gifted runner.

Name: Andre Callender
Position: RB
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.3-4.4
School: Seton Hall Prep, West Orange, NJ

Seton Hall Prep was 8-4 last season.

"We are Parochial 4, which is the largest," Andre's head coach, Eric Gobble, said when asked about the level of competition Andre faces.

Andre Callender is already being recruited by several schools to play running back.  His greatest asset is his tremendous speed.

"I haven't timed him.  Our track coaches swear he's a 4.3, but that would be hand timed, which makes me comfortable saying he's a 4.4," Coach Gobble said.

Andre was awarded 2nd team All-State in New Jersey by The Star Ledger.

"He was also the AP and Gannett 3rd team All-State."

"He started about half of the games as a sophomore and still had over a thousand yards.  As a sophomore, he had 159 carries for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns.  As a junior, he had 1,772 yards in 9 games for, I believe, 24 touchdowns.  I'm pretty confident he averaged 9.7 yards per carry.

"He had 2 of the 5 top single game rushing performances in New Jersey.  In one game, he had 14 carries for 356 yards and in another game he had 10 carries for 312 yards."

Coach Gobble plans to utilize Andre's abilities even more this season.

"This year, he'll play defensive back as well, but he hasn't yet."

Andre is a terrific athlete.

"He plays on the basketball team and runs track.

"Last year, as a 10th grader, he was the fastest sophomore hurdler in the nation.  This year, he's listed as the top junior hurdler in the nation, and the number 4 hurdler overall.

"He's run a 10.6 second 100m.  The day he ran the 10.6 was the same day as the Big East meet and he would've qualified for the finals of the Big East as a 10th grader."

Andre has other talents besides his speed.

"Yes, he's faster than everybody, but the Rutgers coaches pointed out that everything he does is going forward.  He has a very strong upper body.  He squares his shoulders and kind of bulls his way north and south."

Andre has already received several scholarship offers.

"I've seen the offers from Rutgers and the University of Virginia, and I've been told on the phone by Boston College and Wake Forest that they're sending [offers]."

Andre did not attend the Penn State junior day this past weekend.

He gets a "few letters a week" from Penn State.

"They haven't called me," Coach Gobble said.  "They haven't received film from us.  For Andre, I would just send it out if they asked.

"A bunch of other schools have been in (Georgia, Illinois, Syracuse).

"He's been to junior day at Rutgers and Virginia.  I know he was planning on going to Syracuse."

According to Coach Gobble, Seton Hall has another legitimate Division I prospect in defensive end Patrick McCrossen (6-4, 215, 4.8).

"He plays defensive end and wide-receiver for us.  That gives you a sense of his speed and athleticism."

Tight-end Alex Buzbee (6-3, 210, 4.7) could also prove to be a good college prospect.

"He has 2 older brothers who are 6'6" and 6'7"."

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