Former Northwest quarterback Matty Callahan has signed on to play football at McDaniel University, choosing the Division III school in Westminster this weekend six weeks before he his due for fall camp.
“Everything is getting started real soon now,” Callahan said.
The selection of McDaniel ended a long and often painful recruiting process for Callahan, a second-team All-Met who led Northwest to the 4A Maryland state quarterfinals last fall. He started for three seasons at quarterback for Northwest, and he put up impressive numbers as a senior, throwing for 2,515 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012.
But the offers didn’t pour in for the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Callahan, who nonetheless remained adamant about playing quarterback at the next level. He waited months and months to hear back on his acceptance to McDaniel, and at one point this spring, he considered Shepherd (West Va.), D.C.’s Catholic University and Muhlenberg College (Allentown, Pa.) as his top three choices.
In choosing McDaniel, Callahan is promised a quality education and a chance to prove that he is a college-level quarterback, and he will be joined at the school by high school teammate and wide receiver Connor Allen.
“That’s a big help, I have somebody that I can walk into camp with,” Callahan said. He has no intention of transferring to a larger school after one or two years. The idea of enduring another recruiting process isn’t on Callahan’s agenda.
“I was a little shaken up. I didn’t expect [recruiting] to be as challenging as it was. I kind of had to just throw the whole ego out the window and really just pick a school that I knew I would like,” Callahan said. “And it just so happens that McDaniel is a great school and the football program, they’re trying to climb back up. And you know, that’s not unknown water for me. That’s exactly what we do at Northwest. You go back to my sophomore year, we were at the bottom of the barrel, then next thing you know, we’re two deep in the playoffs.”
McDaniel finished 0-10 last fall under first-year head coach Mike Hoyt, who Callahan believes has the program headed into the right direction. Callahan will also have the opportunity to compete for the a spot on the depth chart the moment he steps on campus. McDaniel had two sophomores and two freshmen on the roster under center last season, and the position averaged just 145 passing yards per game.
“I’m going to try and get on the field as soon as possible,” Callahan said. “You know, [the coaching staff] are saying ‘Hey, we want you to come in and compete.’ They really like my athleticism. So hopefully I can play my cards right and get on the field ASAP.”