April 11, 2012

Tech makes Calloway's top six

Derrick Calloway is another you name it, they've got it kind of prospect Texas Tech is hoping to take from the pack. But from USC to Miami to Ohio State, the 6-foot-1 and 310-pound four-star defensive tackle has quite a few options to look over.

That being said, the Red Raider coaching staff has made a lot of headway with Rivals.com's No. 17 best defensive tackle in the entire nation.

"I'm keeping in contact with Texas Tech and coach Chad Scott,"Calloway said. "I talk to him a lot. We don't talk every day, but we talk a lot and I like what they have to offer. From what I hear, it sounds like a good place to be.

"Maybe next football season I'll take a visit, but I'm going to try to visit this summer. I want to visit this summer but I don't have plans to right now."

Not surprisingly, a lot of the Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee High School junior's potential schools are from the South Florida area. Miami, South Florida and Central Florida have the inherent advantage of being a short drive away from Bradenton.

"I haven't been visiting many schools yet, but I've been to Miami's junior day and USF's junior day," the Class of 2013 prospect said. "Hopefully this summer I'm going to take a roadtrip with some other friends on the football team and visit some other places and see how they are."

It's easy to see why so many schools want Calloway once you take a look at his film. Even as a sophomore Calloway was able to use a mix of good speed and even better power with outstanding pad level to blow past interior offensive linemen.

The biggest thing that sticks out about Calloway is his speed relative to a 310-pound defensive tackle. He's a big problem on passing plays because he can blow past the offensive line and can get into the backfield before the quarterback is ready to scramble outside the pocket and can even hunt down the quarterback before they get outside the offensive tackle.

Calloway had eight sacks last season and his films show pass breakup after pass breakup on screen plays.

More conventionally, Calloway can stop ball carries at the point of contact with his sheer size. He had 55 tackles last season which approaches a good linebacker's numbers.

"I can stop the run," Calloway said. "My pass rushing is very good. I'm pretty much an all-around player. I can pretty much do anything, but I'm aggressive and normally can take people down. I'm aggressive and plan on being even more aggressive this next year."

When you factor all of Calloway's skills together, schools can only pray they're making an impression on the defensive tackle. He's already down to a handful of finalists.

"I don't have a top five, I have a top six," Calloway said. "It probably consists of Miami, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, USC, Arkansas and Ohio State. I'm probably going to make a commitment in the middle part or the end of my (senior) football season."

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