Caldwell pledges to Texas A&M

J.J. Caldwell opted to end his recruitment and stay local on Sunday. He committed to Texas A&M.

J.J. Caldwell, a junior out of Cypress (Tex.) Woods, informed Scout late Sunday night that he verbally committed to Texas A&M.

“It’s done,” he said. “I’m going to A&M.”

“I visited there three times,” Caldwell added. “I visited with them a couple times. I felt like it was the right fit and the right coaches. I got close with everybody and the coaching staff. I’m most comfortable and most suited to play for coach [Billy] Kennedy.

Caldwell said he considered 15 other schools and cited interest from Wichita State, Utah, UCLA, Tulsa, Oklahoma, UNLV, Memphis and Virginia Tech.

“A week ago I was talking to my parents and we talked about all the stuff they were doing for me and preparing me for college," Caldwell said. "It just felt like they really cared for me. It just felt like the time to commit and get it over with.”

Last year Texas A&M reeled in four four-star prospects from the state of Texas. It’s clear that Kennedy and his staff are prioritizing Texans and Caldwell has noticed.

“They really like the in-state guys,” he said. “We have a lot of heart and we love to represent our state. I just felt like I wanted to stay close to home, but not too close. It didn’t matter to me, but the fact that it was close and a good school it all worked out and I went ahead and committed.

A four-star prospect, Caldwell is currently ranked No. 99 overall and is regarded as the No. 18 point guard in the 2016 recruiting class.

Caldwell is Texas A&M’s first verbal commitment of the class.

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