Ala. QB Caudle Has One Northern School on List
Quarterback Neil Caudle of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., grew up an Auburn fan and now has the opportunity to play for his childhood favorite, as the Tigers join Alabama, Michigan and Louisville as the schools that have offered the top junior signal-caller a scholarship. Many others, including Clemson, are showing interest, but the one Northern school on his list of offers has his attention. "Michigan has put something like their last seven quarterbacks in the NFL," Caudle told GoBlueWolverine Sunday. "I really like their quarterback coach (Scot Loeffler) and am planning on going up for their summer camp. But right now I don't have a favorite." He said Louisville was the first to offer, with the Wolverines being the most recent.
With over 1,600-yards passing and 15 touchdowns heading into their ninth game last season against Hoover, Caudle looked to be heading toward a spectacular season. Then he went down with a torn ACL, and just like that his season was finished. Spain Park ended up not losing only their star QB, but also the game, 45-17. As for the knee, Caudle said he is almost back to 100-percent. "I'm running on it again, but I'm still taking it easy," he said. "Baseball here started about a week ago and I am hoping to be able to play about half the season. Spring football practice is in May, and I should be ready to go then."
Caudle is not only an outstanding athlete, but an excellent scholar. He reports a 3.67 grade-point-average and recently scored a 23 on the ACT. "I'm going to take it again," he said. "I think I can do better." Caudle said he would like to major in something within the medical field.
Of course it is only the beginning of the recruiting process and the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Caudle is in the early stages of getting camps and visits in order. "I was at the Junior Day at Georgia, and I'll probably go to the Junior Day at Auburn," he said. "I'll also probably go to the Nike camp in Athens (Ga.)." He said he goes back and forth regarding a decision time. "Sometimes I think I want to decide early, then I think it would be better to wait," he said. "I want to go check out some other schools and see what happens."
Colleges aren't waiting to visit Caudle. He said Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and Alabama have all come by. With all of the schools except Michigan being relatively close to home, will distance be a factor? "Being away from home has it's advantages and disadvantages," he said. "But I'm open to looking around, and my folks are going to let me decide."
Caudle describes himself as a quarterback who can throw and, "I can do a little bit of running," he said. He reports a 4.6 in the 40. Before he went down with his ACL he had 43 rushes for 424 yards and five touchdowns. He told Scout.com his strengths were staying calm and throwing the ball. "I know how to get the ball to my receivers," he said. "I would like to improve my leadership and accuracy."