Callihan down to four

Defensive tackle Lance Callihan of Catholic (Baton Rouge) has several offers but he's narrowed the list today to four schools. Read further to find out which programs made the cut in the battle to land the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder.

Lance Callihan has racked up the frequent flier miles lately. Over the past couple of weeks, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle from Catholic (Baton Rouge) has visited the campuses of both Stanford and Northwestern and he's ready to name a top four.

"Richmond, Stanford, Maryland, and Tulane are my top schools," said Callihan. "The factors that are most important to me - in choosing a school - are good academics, the potential for early playing time, the attitude of the players and coaches at each school, the weather, and the overall feel of the campus.

"With Stanford, it's 'check, check, check,' in every category, but it's the same for Maryland. I'm definitely considering Richmond too. Their campus is great and the coaches have done a great job of recruiting me. The players there have a camaraderie. Richmond's physical therapy program is among the top 20 in the nation and that's what I want to study."

A month ago, Northwestern landed a verbal from Callihan's teammate, quarterback Zack Oliver. Where do the Wildcats fit into the equation?

"I just returned from Chicago last night," said Callihan. "It went well and their defensive line coach told me that he really likes what he's seen with me, but they're only offering one or two defensive linemen and so they're waiting on things. It would be really cool to play in college with Zack, but I'm not sure if that's going to work out."

Callihan is receiving interest from several other schools, including SMU, Louisiana Tech, Duke, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I'm going to name my top two next weekend and then I'll probably commit within a month from today," he said. "I'll likely make a decision before the season."

Catholic, which reached the 5A semis in 2009, is considered a frontrunner for the state title this fall.

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