Cards first to offer Alabama lineman

Antoine Caldwell of Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala., talked with ITV about his recruitment on Monday evening.

ITV spoke with Antoine Caldwell of Lee High School in Montgomery, Ala., Monday evening and learned that the Cardinals were the first program to offer the impressive offensive lineman a scholarship.

At 6'4, 265-pounds, Caldwell obviously has the size to make a presence on anyone's offensive line and Joe Whitt Jr., who is recruiting him, hopes that it's a spot on Louisville's. According to Caldwell, Coach Whitt extended the official offer two weeks ago.

Coach Joe Whitt Jr. (ITV)
Caldwell attended the Alabama camp earlier this spring and has a full slate of camps scheduled ahead of him. He'll be hitting the road hard and attending camps at Auburn, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and UAB. He also attended junior days at Alabama and Auburn and is scheduled to attend Vanderbilt's during the upcoming weeks.

In addition to the Cardinals, all of the previously mentioned schools are recruiting Caldwell, as well as Mississippi.

"Ole Miss is probably recruiting me the hardest right now and Louisville was the first one to offer me a scholarship," said Caldwell. "I don't really have any favorites right now though. I'm trying to keep everything open and see what all of my options are."

Not only does Caldwell excel on the gridiron, but he is also a great student, finishing his junior season with a 3.4 GPA. Caldwell informed me that he anticipates studying either sports medicine or computer engineering in college.

"Character is very important as well," explained Caldwell in describing what he will look for in a program.

A 6A All-Metro selection following his junior season, Caldwell appears to have the proper focus as he gears up for his final year of high school football.

"I want to stay healthy and keep my mind level," said Caldwell. "I think that it is really important to keep my mind level, not just in athletics, but with my grades as well."

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