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4-star DE down to three schools

Alex McCallister (Clemons, N.C./West Forsyth) is a four-star defensive end prospect that is coming off a visit to Georgia Tech. The 6-foot-7 and 220-pound senior was impressed with the Yellow Jackets, according to head coach Adrian Snow, but the big news is that McCallister is starting to whittle things down.

“He really enjoyed it,” Snow said. “And Georgia Tech is a school that he has always liked. He likes the people there and they really wanted him to commit.”

Snow said that McCallister is now down to three schools -- Georgia Tech, Florida and North Carolina. He was scheduled to visit North Carolina this weekend but that trip was cancelled because of the coaching change in Chapel Hill. Snow says that McCallister will likely set up an official to UNC at a later date. He’s scheduled to visit Florida next month.

“Alex is not exactly sure about North Carolina with the coaching change,” Snow said. “He will visit Florida on Jan. 13 and make his decision on Jan. 17. The Gators love him as a Buck in their defense because he can play off the edge and in space.”

For his senior year, McCallister played a hybrid position of outside linebacker for his high school team. He finished with 82 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, seven sacks, and 19 scholarship offers.

“He played well and he has never played outside linebacker before,” Snow said. “He took to it pretty well. In hindsight, he’s better off the edge and probably a better defensive end.”

What Snow loves best about McCallister is his upside. The sky’s the limit if he does what he needs to do.

“Alex’s upside is tremendous," the coach said. "It’s endless. This is a 6-7 kid with a pro shuttle of 4.06 and he has a wing span of 7-foot-2. If he goes to school and really works hard he can become a freak.”

McCallister is the No. 31 ranked defensive end in the nation and the No. 14 rated prospect from North Carolina.