After a season in which Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep lost in the state semifinals, wide receiver Charles Callinan has great memories and is excited about the future.
"This was a down season for us this year. We went 7-4 and lost in the state semifinals," he said. "I had eight receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in the first game of the season. It felt great to start off the season that way."
In the off-season, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver wants to improve two specific areas of his game.
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"I want to work on my speed," said Callinan. "I ran a 4.5 second 40 before the season started. I also want to work on my football IQ.."
Callinan, who has an offer from Rutgers, gave a quick rundown of his recruiting process.
"I've been hearing from Notre Dame, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, West Virginia, South Carolina, Boston College and Maryland," explained Callinan. "I'm going to check out every school, but I like Michigan State, Wisconsin, Rutgers, and South Carolina. My friend Sheldon Royster plays down at South Carolina."
Callinan has a good group of supporters and seems like he knows what he is looking for in a school.
"I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and there has to be a good environment around the team," said Callinan. "Their academic program is also an important factor My parents place a lot of importance on academics and have really stressed that throughout my life. I want to have a lot of options come graduation. They really want me to got to a school where I feel comfortable. "
Callinan also relies on his high school coach for guidance.
"My coach has a lot of experience with the recruiting process so he's able to answer any questions I have about a coach or a school," he said. "It's nice to have somebody like that to fall back on."
Callinan has already taken a few visits, but is also in the planning stages to take a few more.
"I've been to Rutgers twice," said Callinan. "I went to the game when they played Navy and once during the summer, and talked with coaches and saw all the facilities. I also went to Notre Dame when they played Navy and got to tour the locker room, facilities and talk with the coaches. Notre Dame was crazy. The campus is beautiful, the game environment is insane and the tradition is great."
Last season, Callinan recorded 35 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns. He is also planning on attending the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio, Texas in early January.