- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
HOUSTON -- Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee defensive tackle Derrick Calloway has yet to take an official visit, but he figures there's no sense in wasting any more time.
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle likes Louisville, so he decided to commit there, announcing his intentions at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.
"I think they're an up-and-coming program, I honestly do," Calloway said. "I think Coach [Charlie] Strong shows a commitment staying there. He had offers to go to other schools but him staying there is a big commitment to the team."
The commitment Strong showed was important to Calloway. One of the main things he is looking for is stability in a coaching staff and feels Strong provides that by turning down overtures from other programs this offseason to stay at Louisville.
"It tells me he wants to stay with his team, no matter what," Calloway said. "He believes in what he's doing."
Calloway's official visit to Louisville is scheduled for Jan. 18. It's one of three visits Calloway will take. The others will be to his other finalists, South Florida (Jan. 11) and Missouri (Jan. 25).
Calloway was recruited by Louisville tight ends coach Sherrone Moore.
"Me and Coach Moore have been talking a long, long time," Calloway said. "He really told me a lot about the background of Louisville. They're a keep-it-real program. The players will keep it real, the coaches will, they won't tell you one thing and do another when you get on campus. That's what I was looking for, a home away from home."
He considered waiting until after his official to Louisville to commit, but decided to do it now.
"My position coach, Coach [Clint] Hurtt and Coach Moore, they're going to be coming up in January to see me," Calloway said. "Like I said, I heard it's a good place, but I have to see for myself. I was going to wait until my visit but I figured why wait? I'm really feeling the school, I like the coaches a lot and their commitment is big."
He feels good about his decision, but getting on campus for official visits could affect it, depending on how they go.
"It could," Calloway said. "It really depends on how the visits go. If I really like it or love it, I'm going to stick with my decision. If I don't, I can see what else is out there."