A week after scores of prospects across the region signed letters of intent to play college football, Northwest quarterback Matty Callahan is still searching for a place to land next fall. On Friday, he will drive for about an hour and a half to Shepherdstown, W. Va., to perform in an afternoon workout in front of coaches at Division II Shepherd University.
Callahan has no idea what to expect of the workout. He never expected his recruiting period to last this long, especially not after throwing for 2,515 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Jaguars this fall.
“This is going to be my first time doing an individualized work out,” Callahan said.
The 5-11, 170-pound Callahan was a three-year starter at Northwest, and during his senior year, he led his team to the Maryland 4A West final and earned second-team All-Met honors.
He worked diligently to become more fundamentally sound last summer in order to gain interest from schools, but nothing has materialized at the Football Bowl Subdivision or Football Championship Series levels. Callahan has been relegated to a player who is now fighting to gain attention again heading into the spring of his senior year.
“I put up some serious numbers this year, as well as last year. I thought that would really open a lot of doors for me,” Callahan said. “But in today’s world, size and politics play a big role. So that’s kind of been working against me a little but…I’m happy with my options right now.”
Callahan lists Shepherd, D.C.’s Catholic University and Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pa.) as his top three choices at the moment. He visited Muhlenberg for an overnight trip earlier this month, and is hoping to do the same at Shepherd following his work out on Friday.
Most recruits are pursued based on their body of work during four years of high school – but on Friday, Callahan will be in a combine-style workout that will be, in all likelihood, a full test to check his condition four months after his high school career ended. He said he has continued to throw throughout the winter, and he tried out for the Big 33 squad last week. At Shepherd, he will be joined by Northwest wide receiver Ryan Markush in the workout – but Callahan has no idea if he’ll be throwing to him.
“My arm is definitely still in shape,” said Callahan, who wants to have a decision made by April. “It’s still a long process, believe it or not.”