Caddell commits

Though he had made plain for some time that he was leaning Alabama's way, Matt Caddell's announcement today of his intention to sign with the Crimson Tide is very good news for Bama fans.

A game breaking athlete who is a major threat to take it the distance every time he touches the football, Caddell (5-11, 170) is elusive and electrifying with his moves and was utilized several different ways in high school.

Considered one of the "Big Three" of receiver prospects (along with Chad Jackson and Jayson Swain) in the state this year, Caddell's decision to sign with Alabama solidifies an already good class.

A smaller, more elusive athlete than Jackson or Swain, Caddell is more in the mold of a Freddie Milons.

In high school Caddell was a deep threat receiver who also carried the ball on reverses. He was also the most dangerous punt returner in the state over the past two seasons. Caddell has 12 punt return touchdowns for his career, which ties a state and national record.

Matt Caddell at the Nike Camp, held in Tuscaloosa last summer.

Utilized principally as a receiver early in his career, Caddell played more of a slotback position as a senior, rushing for 828 yards on 110 carries with eight touchdowns. He also caught 14 passes for 376 yards and three TDs, while returning 11 punts for 335 yards and additional four scores.

Timed as fast as 4.45 in the 40-yard dash, Caddell has also started at free safety

Caddell was selected to the Super All Metro team and made honorable mention All State as a junior.

A distant relative of NFL Hall of Fame receiver John Stallworth (Alabama A&M and the Pittsburgh Steelers), Caddell obviously has the bloodlines for wideout.

The pride of McAdory High School, Caddell bench presses 225 pounds, squats 385 and power cleans 245. He has been measured with a 36-inch vertical jump

The son of a minister, Caddell is very much a "high character" young man and a member of his school's National Honor Society. He carries a 3.85 GPA and has scored 18 on the ACT.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Receiver and kick return specialist are two positions on a squad where a true freshman can contribute immediately. With Bama's need at both positions, Caddell will have a better than average chance to play his first year.

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