LOI #22: Robert Caldwell

College of the Desert (CA) linebacker Robert Caldwell has signed with NC State! Caldwell was the Wolfpack's final commitment in the 2012 recruiting class, and he is expected to contribute right away.

Robert Caldwell
Scout Ranking:
Scout Rank: NR
Size: 6-3, 240 pounds
Hometown: Palm Desert (CA)
School: College of the Desert (Junior College)

Projected Position At NC State: Middle Linebacker

Stats: Finished up with 61 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, one pass breakup, one forced fumble and one blocked kick in 2011

Accolades: Named first team all-conference

Commit Date: January 29, 2012

Recruiting Scene: For much of 2011, Iowa appeared to be the front runner for Caldwell's commitment. They recruited him the longest and showed the most interest. However, they eased up for a while and that coincided with NC State's entrance into his recruiting.

The Wolfpack didn't even begin recruiting Caldwell until mid-January but quickly made up a huge amount of ground. Once Iowa found out about State's interest, they jumped back in but it was too late.

Caldwell made his official visit to Raleigh and committed while on the trip. He mentioned the opportunity to step right in at middle linebacker as one of the keys to picking State.

Why NC State?: "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."

Picked NC State Over: interest from Nevada, Washington, Iowa, Florida and Boise State among others

Scouting Report: "It's easy to see why some schools project Caldwell at defensive end while others like him at middle linebacker. Playing in a 3-4 for College of the Desert, Caldwell is at his best playing as a standup end and getting after the quarterback. He shows good burst off the line and redirects nicely in the backfield.

"Caldwell doesn't have the experience of a typical middle linebacker but the way he was used, particularly in blitz packages should translate well to NC State. He has tremendous size and packs a wallop when getting after the ball carrier.

"The Wolfpack likes to funnel their defense through the middle linebacker and getting out in pass coverage is crucial as well. How quickly Caldwell can adjust and become proficient in these two areas will likely determine his effectiveness at NC State." -- Pack Pride's Steve Williams

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Caldwell (Hudl.com)

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