Marquez Callaway’s recruitment could finally be heating up.
The two-sport athlete from Warner Robins High (Ga.) said his upcoming football schedule has him thinking about an official visit on Nov. 7. His weekend is open because his high school team plays on Thursday instead of Friday.
Callaway said he’s considering taking an unofficial visit this weekend if time allows. Although with a Friday game, that could be difficult. As for the Nov. 7 weekend, Tennessee hosts South Carolina and UGA hosts Kentucky, so there’s potential landing spots at both schools.
Mississippi State and Notre Dame have also pursued Callaway. However, both have away games on Nov. 7.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Callaway said Tennessee’s recent success – albeit relative – has had an impact on prospects. The Vols mounted a 21-point comeback to beat UGA, 38-31, and nearly upset Alabama before losing, 19-14.
“I don’t think prospects can’t focus on Tennessee,” Callaway said. “They’re a great school, good education, good coaches. They say they’re rebuilding. It’s just taking time. It’s about to take off.”
The Vols (3-4, 1-3 SEC) have five games left this season. They’ll likely be favored in each, meaning they could finish the season with eight regular season wins. That would be an improvement over last season’s six-win total and show significant improvement in coach Butch Jones’ third season. That’s a far cry from when the Vols were 2-3 and staring at potential losses to UGA and Alabama.
As for Callaway, his college decision will be about the feeling he gets around a program as much as anything else. He just wants to fit in.
“If I can fit in with the players and the coaches,” he said when asked what’s most important in his recruitment. “If I go there, I won’t be an outcast and not feel right.”
Callaway is still emphatic about playing football and basketball in college. During a video interview with SEC Country earlier this month, he said four schools have offered him the opportunity to play both sports: UGA, Tennessee, Auburn and South Carolina.
Callaway was selected a U.S. Army All-American earlier this year and is a consensus 4-star prospect. He could play receiver or defensive back in college.