Callahan finishes as an all-star
By L. SCOTT HAINLINE
Numbers don't lie, and with 13 interceptions over his final two seasons at Cy Woods, it's not a shock to find Rice University-bound defensive back Bryce Callahan on a Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star game roster.
Callahan will suit up for the North in the 76th THSCA All-Star Football game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Alamodome.
The elite contest is part of the THSCA's annual convention and school that's in San Antonio this year, and also features the 66th All-Star Basketball game at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Bill Greehey Arena.
Callahan's six interceptions in 2008 helped the Wildcats go three rounds into the playoffs in their first varsity season (8-3).
His seven thefts a year ago helped carry Cy Woods to three postseason victories and an 11-3 finish, and he added 120 tackles and 10 pass breakups as a first team all-state senior.
But beyond defense, Callahan was a threat to break a big one every time he touched the ball.
He averaged 26-plus yards as a punt returner with a couple of touchdowns, and in two seasons of limited offensive action, scored on three of his five receptions (176 total yards for a 35.2 average), and ran the ball three times for 37 yards (12.3).
"He's just a real special player," Cy Woods coach David Jones said. "One of the best I've ever coached, and I believe he'll have an impact at Rice."
Callahan (5-10, 180) is the only area player on the North squad, which faces the South all-stars that include Clear Springs safety Devin Walker (uncommitted), Brazoswood defensive end Dartwan Bush (Texas Tech), Deer Park defensive lineman Zach Logan (Montana State), Mayde Creek tackle Rafael Gallo (Abilene Christian), Elsik lineman James Polk (Texas Tech), Nimitz running back Marion Grice (Blinn), Katy defensive back Sam Holl (Baylor), Sealy wide receiver Brad Miller (New Mexico), Brenham safety Jeremy Hall (SMU) and Brazosport running back Gary Bivens (Blinn).
"He just has great instincts for the game," Jones said. "We will certainly miss him, and Rice is getting an outstanding person and player.
"It's a great honor to represent your school at a game like this, and we're proud to have him there."
Before deciding on Rice, Callahan also had offers from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Kentucky, Tulsa, UTEP, Air Force and Miami-Ohio.
Complete all-star rosters and more coaching school information available at www.thsca.com.
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