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Callahan picks up two more offers

Glen Burnie (Md.) Old Mill running back Ryan Callahan took in two visits this summer to Towson and Akron. What was the 5-foot-7, 155-pounder with 4.38-second speed feelings on both schools?
"Akron had a nice campus and all the coaches there were really nice. I had fun up there as well as at Towson too," he said. "Akron seemed like it was a fun city and the people at school were really good to be around. It's a nice school and I like the coaches. The area it's in there is good too, it seems like somewhere I could fit in.
"I went to camp there and it went pretty good. I ran pretty well with a 4.39 and a 4.4 in the 40. We also did one-on-one drills and footwork drills which I did well at both. Towson was pretty much the same and they did offer me too."
One other school the running back received an offer from was James Madison.
"I've been down there once and they've got a nice campus," he said. "I've talked to two of their coaches and they were pretty good guys."
Currently, the prospect is favoring Towson, Akron and Maryland. What are his thoughts of the Terps?
"I've always liked their school and I've been up there a bunch," he said. "At first they were showing a lot of interest, but now it's wearing off. I haven't heard anything from them in a while, so I guess they're not too interested anymore. If they show more interest I would like them more because I like that they are close to home so my family can see me all the time."
Callahan is being recruited primarily as a running back.
"Akron, Towson and James Madison want me as a running back, while Maryland is looking at me on special teams as a punt and kick return man," he said. "I don't mind playing that position, it doesn't matter to me."
One team the prospect hasn't talked about was Kent who he also holds an offer from.
"They just offered me, but after that I haven't heard anything from them since," he said. "I don't know anything about them. I haven't called, so I don't know what's going on."
Callahan plans to take all five of his visits and surely Towson and Akron will receive two of them.
Last season Callahan was named all-state running back as he rushed for 2,396 yards and 36 touchdowns. What is he looking to accomplish this year?
"This year I'm just trying to break all my records I set last year," he said. "That's my goal, I'd like to go to the state championship and win one of those before I leave too. Beyond that, I just want to have a good season and enjoy myself even if I don't accomplish my goals. As for what I need to work on, the No. 1 thing for me is getting bigger. I need to keep eating and keep my grades up."
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