"Right now, I am very much interested in Troy and Auburn. Both have offered me a scholarship," said Caleb, who was recently selected by Major League Baseball scouts to play on the 20-man team that will represent the southeast at the prestigious East Coast Professional Showcase later this summer. "I'm a big-time Auburn fan, big, big time. My grandpa and grandma both went to Auburn. He was there when they won the national championship in football. I've been an Auburn fan since I was knee high. It has always been my dream to go to Auburn and play baseball. And Auburn shows more interest in me than just about anybody. I've also received an offer from LSU, although I don't know what their situation is due to the coaching change."
Those three, however, aren't the only schools showing interest in him. In fact, he's receiving letters from colleges throughout the southeast and even a few from the north. And letters from new schools are arriving weekly.
"LSU, Auburn, Troy, Clemson, West Point (Army), Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Florida State, Tulane, Mercer, Boston College, Baylor and Birmingham Southern have sent letters," said Caleb. And that's just the ones that he could name off the top of his head. "Two months ago, I had letters from 17 schools. I've received letters from about two or three new schools each week. Some of them were smaller schools."
Caleb mentioned that he is a big Auburn fan. What happens now that he's received an offer from them? Will he go ahead and commit?
"I'm interested, but I'm not going to make a commitment because it is too early. I won't jump on it that quick," said the 5A All-State selection. "I'm leaving my options open to anybody. Anybody that offers me, I will consider them."
There's also another factor, a very important factor in fact, that he will consider when choosing a college.
"I've always wanted to go to the College World Series when I play college. That's a dream of mine," said Caleb, who is being recruited to play outfield and pitch in relief.
Last season for Pace High School, Caleb batted .453 with 7 home runs and 43 RBI while playing in the outfield. Also a hard-thrower who throws his fastball in the high 80's to low 90's range, Caleb pitched in relief as well.
Will Caleb take his hitting and pitching talent to Auburn or will another school win out? Keep it on Scout.com to find out.
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