B>Hoover, Ala. - In a tournament where there were a number of very good quarterbacks, one of the best in attendance at the Hoover 7-on-7 was Shreveport (La.) Captain Shreve star, Andrew Calantone. He helped lead his team to several victories, but the Gators seemed to come up short in a number of close games. Calantone is not as well known as many quarterbacks around the South, but he showed flashes of becoming a big time quarterback prospect over the weekend.
"Right now I just have a lot of people talking to me," Calantone said. "I don't have any offers right now or anything, but I am getting interest from a lot of people. Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State, Tulane and Texas Tech are all showing me a lot of interest. I would say either probably Ole Miss is recruiting me the hardest. I went to their camp and they told me they were very interested and that they liked me a lot."
Calantone also attended the Oxford NIKE camp where he measured in at 6-foot-2, 217 pounds. He ran the shuttle in 4.75 seconds and did 11 reps on the bench press.
"Right now Ole Miss, Alabama and Texas Tech are my top three," Calantone said. "I think most schools want to see me play some this year first. We went 3-7 last year so it's been kind of hard to get some attention. I've gone to camps and worked hard this summer trying to do that. I think playing well in a tournament like this against all of these great teams, help you show what you can do."
As a junior Calatone completed 163 of 352 passes 2,419 yards and 18 touchdowns. Last year his team posted a 3-7 record with a number of young players who will be returning.
"I want to play for a school that likes to throw the ball around a lot," Calantone said. "I'm more of a drop back kind of passer and playing in an offense that suited my strengths is definitely something that I will be looking for. Really right now I'm just trying to earn my first offer and go from there. I'm interested in anyone that is interested in me."
Calantone is ranked as the No. 29 player in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com.