Focus '06: Don Bosco DB

Last year's wait-and-see approach did not pay off big dividends for New Jersey's state university. This year Rutgers has decided on an alternate route and has tendered significantly more offers, as compared to last year, at similar stages of the recruiting season. Many of New Jersey's top recruits are not only receiving attention form Rutgers but they're also being extended scholarship offers. Don Bosco's Brian Callahan was a prospect that RU looked at early and offered shortly thereafter.<p>

Brian Callahan is a 6-foot-2 and 190-pound prospect out of Don Bosco Prep.  This past year Callahan reeled in over 1,800 yards as a tight end and wide receiver.  However, he projects as a defensive back on the next level.

Previous reports have indicated that Callahan has anywhere between one and greater than a half dozen offers.  However, although Callahan is receiving strong interest form many of the top programs around the nation, he has only received one written scholarship offer: from Rutgers.

"I have a written offer from Rutgers and I have a verbal offer from Louisville," stated Callahan in a recent interview with Scout.com.

The list of schools currently looking at the future Division-1 standout is long and impressive: Boston College, Notre Dame, Louisville, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and his state school Rutgers.

Callahan does not yet have a time frame on future trips, official or otherwise, and indicated that he is focusing more on researching each school right now.

"Right now I just want to take my time and check out all the schools."

"The kind of place that I'm looking for is one with a good tradition, a place where I can fit in, with the coaches and other kids, a nice campus.  It's going to be a great four years wherever I go so I want to make sure I take my time and make the best possible decision."

With Don Bosco's tradition, recent and past success, Callahan should have no problem reeling in more offers in addition to that tendered by his state school.  Indeed, Louisville seems poised to be the next to extend an offer.  Regardless, Callahan intends on taking his allotted time and especially all his officials before thinking about a decision.

With Rutgers being the first to offer Callahan, one may be inclined to think that his state school may have an early advantage. 

"They're [Rutgers] improving a lot, in a lot of ways.  They have some really nice new machines where you can watch yourself working out and improving.  It was all very impressive."

Despite his good impression of Rutgers, Callahan does not offer any leaders.  "I just want to take my time now." 

For now, Callahan's primary focus is on his off-season conditioning and his senior year at Don Bosco.

"I want to get bigger and I want to get faster.  These are the things I'm mostly working on."

 

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