Other Callaway Prospects to Watch Tonight
3-Star Tate Johnson - 247 Sports Composite No. 14 offensive guard. 6-4, 310-pound senior who is also committed to Auburn. Johnson committed to the Tigers back in June over 21 other offers including state locals Georgia Tech and Georgia State plus Florida and Florida State.
3-Star cornerback Demetrius Coleman - 5-8, 160-pound junior who plays quarterback for the Cavaliers. He has seven offers including four from SEC programs: Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
3-Star wide receiver Jacob Freeman - 5-10, 180-pound senior who has 20 offers that also include Georgia Tech and Georgia State, plus Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
CB Jalin Shepherd - 5-9, 167-pound junior who has eight offers with Auburn, Tennessee and Louisville considered his favorites.
RB Charlie Dixon - 6-2, 225-pound junior who has seven offers including Tennessee, Mississippi State and Louisville.
Will this be the year for the Callaway Cavaliers?
I think this could be the year the Cavaliers win that elusive state championship. Callaway’s been knocking on the door. Three times in the last six years the Cavaliers have been stopped in the state semifinals including a 28-22 loss to Rockmart in 2018. Rockmart would then lose to Callaway’s Region 6 rival Heard County in the state final. The Braves beat the Cavaliers 13-10 in the regular season to deny Callaway the region championship.
I had Callaway ranked No. 1 on my GPB Sports AA ballot at the start of the season but dropped them back to second after the Cavaliers suffered a 10-7 season-opening loss to Opelika, the eighth-ranked team in Alabama’s 6A poll. The Cavaliers bounced back for a 56-10 demolition of crosstown rival LaGrange last Friday night.
Coach Pete Wiggins has done an incredible job with the Callaway program in what is now his 15th season. Wiggins has gone 127-46 with six region titles (but none since 2016 when the Cavaliers won their sixth in nine seasons), 10 straight playoff seasons with two quarter-final and three semi-final finishes while going 35-6 the last three years. For perspective, Callaway had never won more than eight games in a season before Coach Wiggins arrived.
So yes, with Tank paving the way for his star-studded teammates, this just might be the year the Cavaliers get that first-ever state championship.