Over the past few seasons, Chaparral High School in Parker, Colorado has become a hot bed for talented DI offensive tackles. Two seasons ago, Jack Harris courted numerous schools before opting to stay in state and play for Colorado. This year, Brendon Austin gained a dozen plus offers from schools across the nation before making a verbal to Stanford. Lining up opposite of Austin on the Chaparral line and next in line to be the Chap tackle getting DI attention is 2012 prospect Shane Callahan.
Callahan, a 6-6 285 pounder, gained the reputation of a mauler last season as he helped his squad to an 8-3 record and a playoff berth. Chaparral returns numerous key players on both sides of the ball and, on paper, looks to be a contender in 5A this season. Chaparral and Callahan will be tested early this season as they open against back to back Colorado 5A champs Mullen.
Callahan has already gained DI attention and late last month the home state Colorado Buffaloes told Callahan they would be calling on September 1st, the first day 2012 football athletes can receive official offers. Taking some time to travel this summer, Callahan visited Notre Dame and Nebraska, two schools he has interest in. At South Bend, Callahan toured the campus with Irish receiver coach and former Colorado prepster Tony Alford. Callahan was impressed with his time at Notre Dame stating, "It is an amazing university with a lot of history and tradition." Callahan also visited the University of Nebraska where he was able to tour the facilities.
Callahan , this past weekend, competed in the annual Hog Olympics held for linemen in Colorado. Callahan and his Chap linemates brought home second place at the event. Callahan was able to break the record of former Columbine lineman and current Colorado lineman Ryan Miller by winning the tire toss with a throw of 40 feet. Playing on a talented squad and gaining ever increasing recruiting attention, Callahan will most likely in high school and college play for much more than tire tossing titles.