Caldwell Talks Recruiting

This super talented wide receiver prospect talks about the experience of his first visit, which player he looks forward to meeting this week, and where the Hurricanes stand on his current list of favorites.

At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson standout wide receiver Andre Caldwell came real close to winning a state championship.

"We just beat ourselves," he said. "Palm Bay has a great team and everything but I wish we had another chance."

The super talented receiver prospect played quarterback and safety this season. He ended up with 1,200 yards passing with 1,300 rushing to go with 34 total touchdowns. Defensively, he had three interceptions.

Caldwell, who needs just one point on the ACT to become a full qualifier, took his first official visit of the year last weekend.

"I went out to USC," he said. "It was nice, I really liked it. One of my homeboys (Michael Williams) is out there now and he's ballin. He was telling me how Florida wanted him to play tight end and now he's real close to breaking a lot of freshman records in the NCAA. I just don't know if I want to leave Florida."

Caldwell, who is now preparing to play in the Army All-American game on Saturday, said he will take four official visits in January.

"I'm going back to back," he said. "I have Florida, Miami (Jan 17), LSU, and Florida State. I'm going to see what's up with each of those places."

Caldwell talked more about the Hurricanes.

"They've been on me hard all year," he said. "Coach Werner made an in-home visit with me and he's real cool."

So what did Caldwell and Werner discuss?

"Basically, I just told him I want to play," he said. "He told me they will play the best guys and I like that situation there. Even though they signed a lot of receivers last year, none of them are really proven yet. Andre will probably leave. No. 7 is gone and No. 9 hurt his knee. The opportunity is there and they've gotten some really good quarterbacks lately too."

One of those players is Kyle Wright.

"I talked to him once on the phone," he said. "He basically tried recruiting me to Miami. I told him I'm definitely interested. I'm hoping to talk to him some more and watch him play in the all star game this week."

Caldwell, who ran a 10.39 at a regional track meet last spring, said he does not have a favorite right now.

"I'm looking at all of them and I won't make a decision until signing day," he said.

The standout receiver said UM coaches told him they're looking to take one wide receiver.

"They want to get one," he said. "Since they know I'm waiting until signing day, they probably have to offer someone else in case I don't go."

Caldwell is the younger brother of Reche Caldwell, a San Diego Charger and former Florida Gator. Is he talking to Andre about college life?

"We don't even talk about colleges," he said. "He knows I'm the truth and can ball wherever I want. He just wants it to be totally my decision. The only things we talk about is running routes, you know, football stuff about playing receiver."

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