This year, the Bishop Moore Hornets are QB Michael Calabro's team
Michael Calabro, QB, 2011, Bishop Moore (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel / April 11, 2010)
Just this past weekend he took a trip to Murfreesboro, Tenn., for an unofficial visit to the spring game at Middle Tennessee State. After that it was a short night and an early morning arrival back in Orlando to participate in the National Underclassman Combine at Jones High.
He performed well enough to make the final showcase event, from which they pick the various position MVPs, but the honor went to Orlando Olympia's David Nelson, who had his best camp by far this spring. Making the showcase automatically qualifies him for the NUC Top 100 Prospect Camp at Atlanta June 18-20.
"I thought I did a pretty good job for coming back from Tennessee so early in the morning," Calabro said. "I was a little tired but i think I did pretty well with that little amount of rest. "
As for Middle Tennessee, Calabro was impressed.
"I liked it a lot up there. They have brand new facilities and we got to see the weight room and the locker room," Calabro said. "We were able to go on the field for the pregame warm-ups and then the coaches said they'd be down in the spring to see me. Overall I really liked it a lot."
His busy schedule continues this weekend, as he is trying to fulfill an invitation to Missouri's spring game, which is Saturday, and then make it back in time for the Nike Football Training Camp in Gainesville on Sunday morninig.
"It depends on when the flights are and everything, if I can get back to Gainesville in time," he said. "But I'm going to try to make it."
Calabro is able to approach this season, his senior year, like none other he's had as a Hornet. He's always had somebody in front of him the past two years in Eric Connolly. With Connolly gone, the team is all his.
His teammates are ready to see him take the reigns.
"I'm really confident in Mike and I always thought he made good decisions," DL-OL Michael Pata said. "It really showed in the playoff game last year when they took our starter out and put Mike in and he just made such good judgments."
"It's a little bit more relaxed this year," Calabro said of his preparation, "but at the same time, I have to continue to work hard and show I'm the guy who should be out here."
In short work last season, his numbers were still impressive as he completed 29 of 38 passes (76 percent) and had four touchdowns and 380 yards. He's not likely going to be able to maintain a 13-yards-per-completion clip, but his accuracy is obvious on paper.
He's been working on his timing and some route-running tight end Ryan Stanney. He'll have some familiarity to work with although some of the Hornets big producers like RB Jalen Singleton and WR Nathan Perrera will be gone. Bishop Moore will be hoping Tyler Floyd fills Singleton's shoes at running back, while WR Joey Knipe will be returning from an injury that put him out all of last season.
He's focused on getting the Hornets deeper into the playoffs this fall, and of course, a repeat of their district championship. He'll also have a full summer slate of recruiting trips to make.
"I will probably go to as many one-day camps as I can that I was invited to," said Calabro, who already has some trips planned. He'll be back at Middle Tennessee on May 30 for a camp, and plans to attend an FAU camp June 6 and, then there's the Atlanta Top 100 NUC event in mid-June. He also has been invited to a Texas A&M camp.
He better make sure he's in a frequent-flier club.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.