Kyle Caldwell - DE - 6-3, 265, 4.62/40 - Scottsdale,AZ. (Saguaro) - Kyle Caldwell has been a basic nightmare for offenses this year. From penetration up-field, to a staunch base at the line, players have found it hard to get around him, by him and certainly never even thought about trying to go through him.
Basically, he's been a pain in the butt.
You won't hear his coach complaining as his efforts along with the improved play of his team have his team's sights squared on a certain post-season and a hope to get some payback on a team (Sunny Side (Tuscon) that beat them early on. "It's kind of been a weird situation." Caldwell stated. "The last two years in a row, we have lost to them in the semi-finals."
"Last year, we beat them in the first game of the season. We killed them the first game and then they came back and beat us by 2 pts. in the semi-finals. This year, they beat us, barely by a touchdown and all we are saying is, we'll see you in the playoffs. They did it to us, now we are going to do it to them."
You don't have to ask twice where Kyle's mind is right now, do you? Didn't think so.
It is inevitable though. When you are as coveted as Caldwell is, teams want to talk to you, they want to make sure you know they have you in their sights and so, it's a busy season indeed and that doesn't include the actual playing of the game.
Caldwell has done what he can to minimize that attention though and that's by minimizing his list. "I have basically brought it down to the schools I am interested in, so a lot of these schools have backed off and that's nice."
So, that leaves his list and of those that he is looking at, Kyle has visits scheduled with all four. "I am leaving for Oregon this Friday night and come back Sunday night, I visit UCLA the second week of January, Arizona State Dec. 6th and Nebraska on Dec. 13th."
As all you recruitniks are aware, there's a fifth visit allowed, so what about that? "Notre Dame kind of backed off on me, because they just got a commit, so I don't know if I am going to visit there, because of the way they backed off." Kyle said. "So, maybe, maybe Penn State. Maybe, but I am not sure."
When you talk about football to Caldwell, you can feel his passion for the game. People that have seen him play say that few could play it with much more fire and when you take into account his statistics of 97 tackles, 13 sacks, 12 more reported tackles for losses, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and a batted ball................well, what more else can you say.
This kid's for real.
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