Calloway Sets Sights on Busy Summer

WVU's first verbal commitment to the football class of 2004 is a mult-sport athlete with a busy summer ahead.

"I've played football, basketball, track and baseball," said Washington, Pa.'s Dale Calloway, who committed to the Mountaineers in May. "I'll be playing Palomino baseball this summer, and I'm also planning on playing AAU basketball with my team, the South Point Magic."

With the busy summer competitive schedule, Calloway says he likely won't attend any football camps. However, with his decision already made as to his college destination, he doesn't view that as a problem.

"Football is still number one, of course," Calloway said. "I have my workouts for football, and I know that's what I'm going to be doing in college."

Calloway had his sights set on WVU early. He visited the West Virginia campus unofficially with teammate Travis Thomas, and also kept close ties with the WVU program when redshirt freshman Dan Mozes made the Mountaineers his choice.

"I planned on West Virginia, and when they offered I was ready to commit," the softspoken Calloway said. "Having Dan go there was good, too. He talked to me about everything on my visit, and he's a good friend."

Calloway still has his senior year at Washington High to look forward to, but he's already sneaking a peek down the road toward West Virginia.

"I don't really care which side of the ball I play on, but I do like defense," he said with a laugh. "I'm thinking about cornerback. I'm a physical player, and I like to play bump and run coverage. We do that here, so I get to work on it a lot."

One of Calloway's strengths on the field is the way in which he attacks the football, always catching it at its highest point. However, that's not a skill that he's had to work on to develop.

"That's come naturally to me," Calloway siad of his ball hawking nature. "I've never had to think much about it. I just go and get the ball."

Off the field, Calloway has set his sights on a career in law enforcement, and may begin his studies in political science.

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