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January 27, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Spotlight on Jesse Callier

In the next in our series of entries getting to know more about some of the UW’s commits, we’ll focus in this edition on running back Jesse Callier of Warren High in Downey, Calif.
Callier is one of the more intriguing players in this class if only because it’s hard to imagine he could have done much more as a high school player. Here are his season stats and some of them are pretty mind-boggling in their volume and versatility. While a tailback who ran for 43 touchdowns, he also played quarterback enough to throw nine passes while also returning punts and kickoffs and playing multiple positions on defense, making 59 tackles.
But when Callier committed to UW in November, the offer from Washington was the first one he had. That’s since changed as Oregon made a move on Callier earlier this month and extended an offer, according to Warren head coach Chris Benadom.
But Callier stood firm with his UW commitment, and hopes to join one of the other RBs in the class, Deontae Cooper, in being enrolled at Washington in time for spring practice in March.
Benadom said Callier hoped to enroll in January but couldn’t do it as Warren High’s semester didn’t end until late this month. But Benadom said he thinks Callier will be good to go to enroll in March. “He shouldn’t have any problems enrolling early, I don’t think,” Benadom said.

Callier, whom Bendaom said is 5-10, 180, was credited with 3,010 yards on 300 carries this season — leading the state of California and ranking seventh in the nation — and had some monster rushing games, including 447 yards against Whittier and 292 yards on 45 carries against Gahr.
“That (Gahr) game, we’d get ahead a couple of TDs and they’d come back, so we had to keep our starters in the whole game (it ended with Warren winning 35-31),” Benadom said. “He’s our guy, so we kept giving him the ball and he just takes it. He gets stronger as the game goes on.” His 42nd carry, Benadom said, was a 65-yard TD, evidence, his coach said, of how he kept going strong.
“We do a pro-I style with a fullback, tailback, so we do a lot of off-tackle stuff,” Benadom said. “We’re really a power team, so he’s been a runner for us around the tackles. But he’s a kid that if you get him outside, he’s going to break away.”
Callier comes from a football family as older brother James played at San Jose State.
Still, Callier wasn’t the most high-profile recruit, despite his gaudy stats (his relative anonymity was mentioned in this good profile of him during his junior season when he was named the State Boys Athlete of the Week).
Warren doesn’t have the richest football tradition, one reason Callier might have been a little overlooked. Benadom also said Callier didn’t attend a lot of camps or combines so he wasn’t seen by a lot of recruiting analysts.
“I’ve been sending out video the last two years and they (UW) kind of grabbed it and ran with it,” Benadom said. “Them some other schools started coming through but he said no.”
Callier also played some defensive back and linebacker for Warren. “We moved him around depending on the scheme,” Benadom said. But he’s expected to start out on offense for the Huskies.
Callier also played some quarterback this year for Warren, often out of what were basically Wildcat-type plays. He threw nine passes, completing four for 63 yards and a touchdown.
“He’s got a great arm,” Benadom said. “But until this year he didn’t really want to play too much QB, kind of shied away from it. He knew in our offense at tailback he would get the ball a ton.”
Getting Callier and Cooper means UW will sign two of the top three leading rushers this year in the state of California, and two of the top 11 in the country (here’s the list of the leading rushers in the nation from MaxPreps).



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