Two-sport standout Marquez Callaway of Warner Robins High School has emerged as one of the top football prospects in the class of 2016, according to recruiting analysts.
Callaway was offered a scholarship by the Georgia Bulldogs at the end of May with Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama and Michigan State quickly following suit.
Scout.com has ranked Callaway as the No. 4 overall prospect in Georgia and the No. 4 safety in the country for the class of 2016.
“It’s been thrilling because I didn’t think I would have all these offers at such a young age,” Callaway said. “They usually come after your junior year, but everyone has seen my talent so it’s a good thing and now I just want to work hard and get more.”
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With still two years of high school football to play, the sophomore is content to be patient with respect to choosing his favorite college destinations.
“I don’t really have any favorite schools right now, I’m just going along with it,” Callaway said. “They’re all pretty much saying the same things, but in a different way. They’re all on the same page. Wherever I go I’m going to see the same thing as far as a nice stadium, a nice locker room and a nice everything, but the thing that’s going to stand out are the people. I want to find the people that are going to have the best impact on my life.”
Football coaches aren’t the only ones who would like to have his services. Callaway says that just about every school involved in recruiting him thus far has also offered him a chance to play basketball, which happens to be his favorite sport.
Callaway was named The Telegraph’s Middle Georgia Basketball Player of the Year after leading the Demons to an appearance in the GHSA Class AAAAA championship game this past season.
“Most schools have told me that I can play both (sports), but that it’s going to be hard to do,” Callaway said. “They said that I’d have to stay on top of my education and that I wouldn’t have any social life, but I’m willing to give that up if I’m doing the thing that I love.”
Along with his choice of sports, Callaway is likely to have his choice of positions on the football field. He racked up 31 catches for 472-yards and six touchdowns last season despite seeing sporadic action at the wide receiver position early in the year.
His seven interceptions on defense led the Demons and placed him among the GHSA leaders.
“I’d prefer to play receiver because I want the ball, but I’d play both,” Callaway said. “I want the other team to match up one-on-one against me and I want them to put their best defender on me.”
Finding single coverage could prove difficult for Callaway this season as opposing coaches will surely try and limit his production.
Local fans will likely remember Callaway’s father, Antonio Callaway, who starred at Peach County before moving on to play collegiately at Fort Valley State.