Matt Caddell, a 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver, was one of the fastest prospects at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa. It wasn't surprising that he ran his times under 4.5 considering the speed he displayed as a junior and his production on the football field. He netted more than 1,200 all-purpose yards last fall, but his best work has probably been done as a wide receiver. He caught 27 balls for 493 yards in 2001.
Caddell displayed his speed, excellent moves and soft hands at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa in April where coaches from Auburn and other colleges were on hand checking out the current McAdory High junior.
"I liked the competition at the camp," Caddell said of matching his receiving skills against top defensive back prospects from across the state and the southeast. "I also enjoyed meeting people from other schools and making friends. There was a lot of talent at the Nike Combine."
Matt Caddell acclerates off the line of scrimmage in a pass receiving drill at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa.
The rest of the spring, the junior says he plans to work on "getting bigger, stronger and faster" so he will be an improved player as a senior. He also plans to hit the camp circuit with visits planned to camps at Auburn and Alabama as well as out of state trips to LSU and Georgia Tech. He mentions those four colleges as teams he is considering right now along with Arkansas, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
The speedster says he wants to use the summer football camps to do more than just showcase his skills. "I want to work on my routes and my blocking," Caddell tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I want to improve my all-around game."
Tiger Ticket Extra: Caddell is also prospect as a defensive back. He had 40-plus tackles at safety as a junior. When asked what the fastest 40-time he has ever run, Caddell answered, "I have done a 4.32 but I couldn't run that fast because of the turf (Nike Combine's Tuscaloosa was done on artificial turf in poor condition.) I ran 4.4 so that was very good."...In addition to the the Tigers and Tide, he says the other schools that currently interest him the most are "probably LSU, Arkansas and Georgia Tech."