Junior DT gaining attention

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee dominated Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast 40-0 in the FHSAA class 7A state championship game on Friday night.

The Manatee defense held First Coast to 108 yards of offense and an astonishing minus-71 yards rushing.

2013 defensive tackle prospect Derrick Calloway (6-foot-1, 302 pounds) led the way for the Hurricanes. Calloway camped out in the First Coast backfield for a majority of the night and finished with three sacks and a forced fumble on the evening.

USF and Iowa State are the only school's to have offered the standout tackle, but Calloway said he is starting to hear from more colleges.

"USF for sure," Calloway said when asked about early offers. "Other colleges have been talking to me about offers, but I'm not sure. West Virginia, Boston College recently called, Miami and a lot of other schools."

Some college have yet to offer Calloway because of his short stature but Calloway said he uses his size to his advantage.

"Everybody wants to talk about my height," he said. "I practice on getting lower than I already am. Getting low and firing off, that's all I work on. Getting low and getting to the quarterback."

Calloway had a chance to see Florida over the spring and said that even though they struggled, he expects the Gators to get back to where they were.

"I talk to Florida," he said, "I went up to their campus and watched them practice. I like Florida. Honestly, they didn't do good this year but I'm pretty sure they will get their program back up."

When it comes to making a college decision, Calloway said he wants to feel comfortable at whatever school he chooses.

"I want to feel like I'm at home," Calloway said. "I'm a big home dude. I want to be able to visit my mom because she still lives here"

Calloway's teammate Demarcus Christmas will be another Manatee defensive tackle to watch in the future. Christmas, who is only a sophomore, already stands 6-3, 285. Christmas said after the game he is starting to hear from colleges but has no early leaders.