"I committed to Mississippi State yesterday (Wednesday)," said Caleb, a highly recruited youngster who received recruiting calls from Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, TCU, Tulane and Alabama the first day college coaches could call recruits.
"I called (assistant) coach (Russ) McNickle and he was really excited. Then I called (assistant) coach (Tommy) Raffo right after his wife had their baby boy. He was really, really excited, too. I got (head) coach (Ron) Polk's number and talked to him about it. The first thing he said after I told him that I have some good news was, 'you are going to become a Rebel' (laugh). I finally told him and he was happy."
Caleb explained the Rebel reference.
"Growing up, I was always an Ole Miss fan because my Daddy graduated from there," said Caleb, who also has ties to MSU due to his mother's side of the family. "We had gone to all of the Ole Miss football games."
Despite the strong interest from numerous colleges, including offers from his childhood favorite the Ole Miss Rebels as well as Delta State, Caleb wasted little time choosing State after making an unofficial visit there earlier in the week.
"I went on a (unofficial) visit there Tuesday," said Caleb. "They showed me around. And I talked to Coach Polk for about two and a half hours in his office."
He explained his reasons for choosing Mississippi State.
"We got to know the coaches (at State) and some of the kids that go to school there. The coaches really made a big impact on me," said Caleb, who was recruited by MSU assistant coaches Russ McNickle and Tommy Raffo. "And I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the games, just everything about it, really. I came in for the Clemson series, the Super Regional. And I came in for some other games, unofficially, to watch."
As for which position he will be playing when he's a Bulldog, he's being looked at more as a pitcher than hitter, although he's going to be given a shot at both hitting and pitching, initially.
"(The State coaches) said they would give me the opportunity to do both in the fall (of 2008), but mainly they recruited me as a pitcher," explained Caleb. "But they said they were going to let me swing (the bat) during the fall. I would love to do both because I like hitting the ball."
Caleb is Mississippi State's first commitment of this year's recruiting class.
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