The Wide Receivers
Florida signed two of the
nation's elite wide receivers in Andre Caldwell and Chad Jackson.
In fact, they are ranked number two and three respectively in the
country. Both have great size and
speed and could push for immediate playing time as true freshmen.
Caldwell (6-1, 180, 4.4) is so quick and was arguably the most explosive
wide receiver prospect in the nation this past season.
He has very good size and super speed but it's his playmaking ability
that stands out above all. Caldwell
is a big-time deep threat yet he is also dangerous with the short catch and run.
He is cat-quick and very elusive. He
is so talented, he quarterbacked Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson High School to a state
title appearance. He was simply the
best athlete on a talented high school team.
Caldwell has benefited from having an older brother that has played the
same position. Reche, played for
Florida and is now a San Diego Charger. He
has worked with Andre and it has really advanced his game.
The younger Caldwell is advanced at route running and has a much better
understanding of the mental approach of the game.
Will playing quarterback most of his senior season set him back a bit?
Maybe a little but he is such a talent, Caldwell will catch back up very
Caldwell was a SI.com/ TheInsiders.com First Team All-American. He rushed for 1,413 yards and 15 touchdowns, passed for 1,080 yards and 12 touchdowns and returned four punts for touchdowns as a senior. Last season as a junior, playing wide receiver, Caldwell caught 52 passes for 1,162 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Jackson (6-1, 196, 4.4) of Hoover, Alabama is a very physical wide
receiver that is very talented. Jackson
is already built like a college receiver and will only get bigger, stronger and
faster once he gets on campus. He is blessed with great speed and good quickness.
He can lower his shoulder and run over a defensive back or elusive enough
to make the move or blow right by you. He
has good hands and is great in the air. Jackson
is not afraid to go over the middle and can beat you deep or take the short pass
the distance. He can really do it
all. He will need to work on his
route running but so do every other wide receiver making the jump from high
school ball to college ball.
Jackson was a SI.com/
TheInsiders.com 2nd Team All-America.
He caught 68 passes for 1,187 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and his
career numbers are 202 receptions for 3,552 yards and 40 scores.
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is that these two guys may just be too talented to red-shirt this coming season. Physically and athletically they are both ready to contribute as true freshmen. They have to be able to pick up the offensive scheme, read coverages and adjust to the speed of the game. If that happens, both could impact a Florida receiving corps that is very young with many unproven players (although talented). Someone will step up. Why not Jackson and or Caldwell? What I also like is that they both project to be super players but they are different. Caldwell is a home run hitter... plain and simple. Jackson can be too but is also a little bit of everything else.