The departure of Wolfpack linebacker Terrell Manning left a void that the NC State coaches were forced to address with just a few weeks left before signing day. Finding an able replacement on such short notice can be difficult but State made a huge step in the right direction this weekend when they landed a verbal commitment from Desert of the College standout Robert Caldwell.
Caldwell has spent the past two seasons with the Roadrunners and was one the top junior college linebackers in the nation this past season. On the year Caldwell finished up with 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one blocked kick en route to being named all-conference first team.
At 6-3, 235 pounds, Caldwell has the size to play defensive end and was actually offered at that position recently by Iowa. However, he'll man the middle linebacker spot once he arrives at NC State. He talked with Pack Pride about his weekend commitment to the Pack.
"I committed today," said Caldwell. "I was born in Spartanburg (SC) and NC State is only three hours away. But I got there, I met with the coaches and they all seemed like really cool guys. I hung out with several of the players and saw all the facilities and what the coaches were presenting to me. Sterling Lucas hosted me on my visit."
NC State recruited Caldwell as a middle linebacker and he will have three years to play two once he arrives in Raleigh. Caldwell says he plans to arrive at State sometime in June. He was recruited by special team's coach and recruiting coordinator Jerry Petercuskie. In addition to the Wolfpack, Caldwell had also received recruiting interest from Iowa, Boise State, Washington and Florida among others.
Pack Pride will have an in-depth Q&A with Caldwell later in the week so stay tuned!
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