Chandler (Arizona) wide receiver Jarick Caldwell landed his third offer from Fresno State on Tuesday night, he told BarkBoard.com. The Bulldogs are the third school to offer the rising athlete with several Power-5 programs starting to show interest as well.
Fresno State joined Nevada and Northern Arizona as schools that have offered the 6-foot-3 and 211-pound athlete. Others who have shown interest include Arizona, Arizona State, California, Michigan State, Nebraska, New Mexico and Washington.
Said Caldwell, “(Fresno State Tight Ends) Coach Scott Thompson called me around 8:30. He asked me how the weather was down here, how I’ve been doing, and then he said Fresno State would like to offer me a full-ride scholarship. I said thank you, I appreciate it and I’m looking forward to getting recruited by them and going there for a visit soon.
“I was surprised. I hadn’t been getting letters from them. It came as a shock. He said I deserved it and he was a cool guy. I was very excited.”
Caldwell has a while to do his research before signing day rolls around in 2018, but he likes the impression that Fresno State has made so far.
“It’s still new, I still have to do all my research, but I know it’s a great area of California,” Caldwell explained. “The weather is great out there. It’s a nice place. I know the head coach up there is Jeff Tedford. They said to keep in contact so I’m looking forward to it.”
Though he is listed as a wide receiver, he has tight ends coaches like Thompson and others intrigued. Most schools are recruiting him as a player who can line up as either a wideout or a tight end at the next level.
“(Thompson) told me he likes the way I can put my hand in the ground as well as playing wide receiver,” Caldwell said. “He said that’s a very unique thing they are looking for. He communicated with me that in their system that I would be putting my hand in the ground as well as at wideout.
“Most (coaches) communicated with me that they like me as a hybrid. I love it, I love going out with all the flashiness of a receiver, but I have no problem getting down and dirty, putting my hand in the ground and blocking a lineman.”
Over the offseason Caldwell said he will focus on further increasing his strength in hopes of leading Chandler High School back to another state championship. He finished his junior season with a bang, scoring four touchdowns in his playoffs alone, two of which came in the Arizona 6A Title victory.
“I’m aggressive, very aggressive,” Caldwell said. “I’m going to beat you, you’re not going to beat me. I’m not cocky, but confident. I want to win for my team, which we did this season. We got a state championship. And I’m exciting to watch.”