Defensive tackle Lance Callihan of Catholic (Baton Rouge) has eight scholarship offers and he visited a couple of schools that have offered over the weekend.
"I went to Richmond and Maryland," said the 6-foot-3, 295-pound senior. "The trip went great. I went to Richmond first and they showed me everything - other than the pipes in the ground.
"Coach (Al) Seamonson at Maryland showed me the campus, the buildings, and the facilities there. I didn't get to see everything at Maryland, because they were busy with a camp, but I liked it. It's big and it's a very good school."
Callihan, along with DE/OLB Grant Venable, is the defensive leader on a team that reached the 5A semifinals last year. He recorded 61 tackles during his junior campaign and expects the Bears to have another successful season in 2010.
"We lost some seniors at wide receiver, running back, and on the offensive line," Callihan said, "but we have some young guys that are improving. We started gelling during the spring.
"We have the number one quarterback in the state in Zack Oliver. The receivers are new, but they're good. Grant Dubroc will be a good one. Most of our receivers played on defense last year and one was out due to injury. They were on defense because we had seniors such as Brad Nelson last year. I expect great things out of a couple of our offensive lineman, especially our center. He was all-metro last season."
Right now, Callihan has offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Stanford, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Richmond, Memphis, and Arkansas State.
"I don't have a favorite," he said, "but I'm looking closely at the schools with a strong combination of academics and football. Stanford, Richmond, Tulane, and Maryland fit that description the best.
"I'm going to visit Stanford next month. They called me the last day of the period that coaches are allowed to call prospects to let me know they were interested. They eventually offered me on June 8th. It's really a perfect setup there. They're an up-and-coming team in football with great academics."
Callihan said his mother wants him to commit prior to his senior season, but he's not certain if that will actually happen. He reported a good experience during a visit to Tulane last week.
"Last Thursday, I went to Tulane and I met all of the coaches except for the head coach - who was out of town. Coach (Steve) Stanard (defensive coordintator) is recruiting me for Tulane. Their program isn't where they'd like it to be, but I think they're getting better recruits - and the academics are probably the best in the state."
When asked about the upcoming season, Callihan embodies the "take it one game at a time" philosophy.
"All games are key games," he said, "but to properly answer your question, Zachary is a big game for us every year, Central is our district rival, and St. Thomas More has beaten us two years in a row. Also, Pine Forest from Florida is a good young team and they'll be hungry after we won easily last year."