"I didn't narrow anything down, but of the five schools that offered me, the two I'm seriously considering are Boston College and Rutgers," Callinan said. "I was talking to my coach (Rich Hansen) the other day and he said UNC, Virginia and Wake Forest are very close to offering, so it Will Pretty much be between those five schools if any more were to offer me."
Rutgers was the first program to verbally offer Callinan a scholarship, doing so under the old staff nearly 18 months ago. With former teammates Savon Huggins and Keith Lumpkin on the roster and a comfort level with the staff, Rutgers is currently a co-leader for Callinan.
"Rutgers has a lot," Callinan said. "The coaches are awesome. I have good relationships with all of the coaches. I like that it's close to home. I like the school. I like that it's a really good BCS football program and playing in the Big East is awesome.
"[Offensive coordinator Dave Brock] is a nice coach and a great guy. He's probably my favorite coach at Rutgers. If I were to go to college at Rutgers, it would be great to be coached by him."
Boston College is the other leader for Callinan, primarily because of his relationships with the coaches and the chance to make an impact.
"I like the coaches," Callinan said. "I like [defensive coordinator Bill McGovern] a lot. He's my recruiting coach. He's a great guy and he's from Jersey. I also like the head coach, [Frank] Spaziani. He's from Clark, which is right next to Westfield. He's a cool down-to-earth guy.
"I like the school a lot also, the environment there. It's such a great campus."
Callinan is close friends with incoming B.C. tight end Michael Giacone, who decommitted from Rutgers after the coaching change. Giacone enrolled for classes last week and is already raving about his experience.
"I just talked to him the other day," Callinan said. "He said he's having a lot of fun, so I pretty much have him to give me the inside scoop there. I have Savon and Keith to do the same thing for me at Rutgers and with UNC and Virginia, I guess I'll just have to check it out."
Before St. Peter's Prep begins camp in mid-August, Callinan hopes to get visits while vacationing with his family.
"I definitely want to try to visit UNC and Virginia and then maybe Wake Forest if I have time," Callinan said. "I definitely want to see those schools before the season starts."
A preseason decision is ideal if a commitment feels right, but Callinan said he will not force a decision.
"Nothing rash," Callinan said on his decision. "It would be good to earn offers from these other schools, but I'm also very thankful with what I have now. I can see myself at Rutgers or Boston College no problem. They're both great schools."