Marquez Callaway is easily one of the state’s biggest recruiting mysteries for this year.
The 4-star receiver from Warner Robins High School has kept a very low profile in recruiting circles, but he opened up to the AJC about the latest with colleges.
Callaway said that Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Notre Dame have been in his ear more often than any other programs, including UGA.
What’s the latest with Callaway and the Bulldogs?
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound cornerback says he hasn’t been in touch with UGA in roughly three weeks, and the only coach he’s been in close contact with is tight ends coach John Lilly. Why the stalled communication?
Callaway didn’t offer up any specific reasons, though he did discuss how the Bulldogs plan to utilize him.
“They want me to play safety,” said Callaway, the No. 9 athlete in the country. “(Coach Mark Richt) sat me down and told me they want me at safety.”
While Callaway has no issue playing safety, it’s clear he’d rather play elsewhere.
“I’ll play it,” Callaway said. “I don’t have a problem playing it. But that wouldn’t be my first choice. I would rather play receiver, corner, then safety, if it had to come down to it.”
It’s no secret that UGA has been recruiting receivers in recent weeks, and it’s very possible that Callaway isn’t high on the Bulldogs’ board at that position.
But other schools love Callaway at receiver, including Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Notre Dame. How big of an impact will that have on his decision?
“Down the road it will,” Callaway said.
Callaway, who’s visited Athens on three occasions, says he plans to visit unofficially sometime in the fall with a close friend whose brother attends UGA.
As for his official visits, he has yet to narrow those down. But he did mention that he would like to visit Miami and Michigan State, two schools he has yet to see.
Callaway has already visited several schools of interest, including UGA, Auburn and Tennessee, among others. He’ll likely use his official visits to check in on other programs.
“I want to visits to a few schools I haven’t been to because I don’t want to make a top list and not know what another school has to offer,” Callaway said.
Callaway maintains that he doesn’t have any leaders at the moment. He told the AJC that he’ll like announce his commitment at the end of the season.