Alabama Commit Takes Visit To Auburn

Brent Calloway

Talented athlete Brent Calloway talks about taking an unofficial visit to Auburn and gives his impressions on the program.

Russellville, Ala.--A commitment to Alabama since June of 2009, Russellville standout Brent Calloway thought he had made up his mind where he wanted to play college football. Still committed to the Crimson Tide, the 6-3, 222-pounder has decided he wants to make exactly sure of his decision and that means taking visits.

On Tuesday Calloway was in Auburn taking a closer look at the Tigers and coach Gene Chizik. With an offer on the table and being talked to about playing running back on the next level, Calloway says he enjoyed his time at Auburn talking with the coaches and seeing the campus.

"It was a good experience," Calloway says. "It's always good to see what you have in-state and out of state. Auburn is one of my in-state schools. I love the campus and I like the coaches. The coaches are real cool. Everything was great and it was a nice campus. I have no complaints.

"The coaches are cool," he adds. "They are laid back. I like that about the coaches. They are cool down there. Everything they do, they're not sugarcoating anything. They're not telling you something that's not true. They are going to be real about it. That's a good thing. If a coach can be real with you that says a lot about him and the school. First impressions, you can't get them back. That's how I look at it."

Having already visited Auburn twice, the last time on junior day last year with his quarterback from high school, Calloway says he decided he wanted to take a closer look at the Tigers because of the way recruiting has picked up for him in the last few weeks.

It's no surprise things have picked up after the season he had playing for coach Doug Goodwin. As a junior Calloway finished the 2009 season with more than 1,600 yards rushing with 32 touchdowns. He added 22 sacks on defense. He was named first team All-State and first team All-Area. He also earned first team Offensive Player of the Year and first team running back for the Times Daily.

Because of those numbers and his ability Calloway says the Auburn coaches talked to him about playing offense. Rated as the nation's number eight outside linebacker by Scout.com, Calloway says he doesn't care where he plays on the next level but it was fun to get a chance to sit down and talk with Gus Malzahn about his offense.

"He was cool," Calloway says of Malzahn. "They showed me how the offense lays out. That was great. They gave me a look to see if I could fit in their offense. I could see myself playing running back in college, but I can also see myself playing linebacker. As the season goes on I'll have to see which one I can see myself going on and playing, linebacker or running back."

Looking for added depth and talent on both sides of the ball, Auburn is coming off an 8-5 season that included a win over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Calloway says the way the team responded in Chizik's first year definitely caught his eye.

"I think they had a great season," Calloway says. "They won eight games. Some of the coaches weren't expecting to win that many because they have no depth. That says a lot for a team because I'm pretty sure they were playing a lot of freshmen or redshirt freshmen. I know if I went there I would have some playing time. That says a lot also."

With offers on the table from Auburn, USC, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State among others in addition to Alabama, Calloway says at the moment nothing has changed with him, but he's keeping an open mind especially after seeing Auburn on Tuesday.

"I'm committed to Alabama true enough, but I still have to look around and see," Calloway says. "I still have to weigh my options. I can't just shut myself off from everybody else because of that fact that I'm committed. I'm just going to do what I've got to do and see every school I can see.

"Auburn got a closer look today," he adds. "I had not been down there to actually see everything. Now that I've seen everything I'm going to give them a closer look. There is a bigger chance of me looking at them more and more as the recruiting process goes along."

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