"I talked to coach (Joker) Phillips on the phone the other day and he said they were maybe going to offer," the 6-0, 175-pound Caldwell said. "Coach Joker said he had to talk to coach (Rich) Brooks about it. I guess maybe I will know in next two weeks. We are just hoping to see it."
Caldwell had 64 catches for 1,191 yards and 21 touchdowns during Catholic's state championship season in 2005. Considering he didn't start playing football until he was 12 and then quit after just playing one year of middle school football, those numbers are even more impressive.
"I was lucky I had a football coach for a teacher. He said I should come back out and see how I liked it. I did and now I'm getting ready to play my fourth year at Catholic," Caldwell said.
He's also a standout baseball player who can catch or play the outfield. He's hoping to possibly have an opportunity to play both sports in college. He'll play on a select baseball team this summer, but he's also going to several camps as well as participate with Catholic in 7-on-7 tournaments. "Me and my dad are going to try and balance out both sports. It's important for me to do that," he said.
He participated in the Scout.com combine at Louisville last week but was not totally satisfied with his performance. "The practice field kind of got torn up and everybody was sliding. Most of the times were a little slow," he said.
Caldwell says his "dream schools" would be Kentucky, Louisville and Clemson. However, he knows a lot of other schools could suit his needs. He has offers from New Mexico State and Troy. Former UK head coach Hal Mumme is the head coach at New Mexico State and former UK offensive coordinator Tony Franklin has the same position now at Troy. Both teams run offenses similar to what Lexington Catholic does.
"From what I've heard, they even use similar terminology. And they both throw the ball a lot. It's hard for a receiver not to like those schools," Caldwell said.
Even though Kentucky failed to sign Catholic quarterback Justin Burke (North Carolina State) last year or linebacker Brandon Logan (Michigan) two years ago doesn't mean UK has not done a good job recruiting at his school. "They seem to do a good job. Maybe some players just want to go different places. But UK doesn't do a bad job at all," he said.