Georgia Defensive End Considering Illini

With the Illini football team on an upswing, higher-rated prospects are taking notice. Even some committed players are giving the Illini a look. One of those players is Darrius Caldwell, a defensive end/linebacker from Atlanta. He is committed to Georgia Tech but considering an official visit to the UI campus.

Darrius Caldwell says his commitment to Georgia Tech is pretty strong. However, he likes what he hears about Illinois. He has family in Chicago, so he says it would be like a second home to him. Is he considering making an official visit to Illinois?

"Yes, sir."

The Benjamin E. Mays High School star out of Atlanta, Georgia, plays defensive end and linebacker. He also helps out some at tight end for his team. He is ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout. He says he has been filling the stat sheet this fall.

"I think I have 73 tackles, 8 sacks, 4 pass interceptions, 2 blocked punts, a field goal block and a couple fumble recoveries."

What are his best assets as a player?

"The use of my hands, my quickness off the ball, and my leverage."

Of course, there are always things upon which to improve.

"I want to work on my consistency and try to be a better leader."

His high school team is in the Georgia state playoffs.

"We're 6-3. We clinched the playoffs two weeks ago, and we're coming off a loss Friday."

Caldwell checks off a long list of programs after his services.

"I have offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Old Miss, Illinois, Mississippi State, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Troy, Middle Tennessee State. I can't remember them all."

The primary recruiting coach for Caldwell at Illinois is tight end coach Chip Long. He has made inroads with this promising athlete.

"He's a great guy. We have some real nice conversations. He makes the University sound great."

With his background as both a defensive end and linebacker, and given his 6'-5", 210 pound frame, he sounds like a candidate for the Bandit position for Illinois.

"That's the position I play now, so I think that would be a great fit for me."

He will likely make several official visits, but he is in no hurry to finalize his decision.

"Right now I'm just focusing on the season."

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