Seattle Prep (WA) safety Tere Calloway purchased his round-trip ticket Monday and will be on the first flight out to Dallas Wednesday morning. The three-star prospect is anxious to see SMU and can't wait to spend the day on the Hilltop.
"I really just want to meet all of the coaches in person and tour the campus. I have a lot of family in Dallas so I've already seen the city, and I love it there," Calloway said. "Now, I just want to be able to see the facilities and hang out with the coaches so I can get a real feel for the program."
Although Calloway currently has no favorites, SMU is certainly sticking out thanks to its storied tradition and vibrant location.
"SMU is a great program. They have a great education. They were formally a powerhouse and now they're getting back to that," Calloway said. "They're an up and coming program so I feel I can play early and possibly start as a freshman. I love that it's in Dallas, and I feel like it would be a really good situation for me."
Calloway also has a great relationship with current SMU quarterback commit Kolney Cassel. The two Washington natives met through camps and have become close friends. A firm commit, Cassel has been actively recruiting Calloway by selling the quality of both academics and athletics.
"He's actually texting me at this moment about SMU," Calloway chuckled. "His whole family loves SMU. Kolney told me how the coaches are with the players and about how he loves the education. That's something I really like too. I've heard nothing but good things about SMU from Kolney."
Last season, Calloway recorded 92 tackles and broke up 10 passes as he established himself as one of top safeties in the West. He was also a force on offense as a running back, gaining 1,179 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns. But Calloway knows his future at the next level will be on the defensive side of the ball.
"Coach (Tom) Mason told me that I could play either safety or corner in his secondary," he said. " I feel I can play both. I don't have preference so I really like that SMU could use me at either in their scheme."
After visiting SMU, Calloway said a trip to Texas Tech is possible he's still ‘not sure.' He does, however, have a scheduled visit to Nevada later this week and said he could see Southern Mississippi and Vanderbilt later this summer.
Calloway added that a commitment to SMU on Wednesday is highly unlikely but back home, Cassel has his fingers crossed.
"If he goes to SMU, it will be great," Cassel said. "He's one of the top defensive backs in the nation in my opinion. We're really good friends. I think he can bring some good stuff to SMU if he decides to commit."
Three-star DB looking forward to SMU visit
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