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2018 UNC Target: Marcus Caldwell

UNC among four that have offered the in-state athlete.

CLEMMONS, N.C. --- Marcus Caldwell, an “electric” athlete, lists North Carolina and Tennessee as his co-leaders. The 6-foot, 180-pound, West Forsyth High product has been offered by both programs, plus two others.

Scouting Report

“He’s electric,” West Forysth head coach Adrian Snow said. “We call him twitchy; he just has unbelievable fast twitch muscle fibers.  He can turn it on, he can run, he can jump – he’s just a really good athlete. He catches the ball really well.”

Prep Career

Caldwell has been on varsity since his freshman year. He actually started a couple of games that initial season.

This past season, his sophomore year, Caldwell was a fulltime starter for West Forsyth. Though listed as a running back, he was frequently shifted to slot. He ended the season with a dozen total touchdowns and over 1,000 all-purpose yards. He also had an interception in limited defensive action.


While visiting North Carolina for its victory over Wake Forest, Caldwell received a scholarship offer.

“I was in the locker room with Coach [Tray] Scott,” Caldwell said. “He said he wanted to offer me, because he had seen my film.”

The UNC offer is contingent upon Caldwell’s continued improvement in the classroom.

“He still has work to do – we all have work to do,” Snow said. “I think it’s one of those things [where] he has to keep his nose to the grindstone [and] keep working hard.”

Caldwell has also collected offers from East Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Outside of Chapel Hill, Caldwell has visited Blacksburg and Knoxville. His travels have allowed the Heels and the Vols to emerge as co-leaders.

“I just like UNC’s fan base, their coaches show love, [and] I just love every time I go up to Carolina,” Caldwell said. “With Tennessee, they just treat me nice when I go up there.”

This coming season, Caldwell hopes to return to UNC, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Whether sitting in Kenan Stadium or relaxing at home, Caldwell plans to paid special attention to Ryan Switzer this fall. That’s because UNC projects him to play Switzer’s A-back position within its offense. Although Snow expects Caldwell to be recruited as an athlete, Snow believes Caldwell is tailor-made for A-back.

“He’s probably more of a slot kind of guy,” Snow said. “He could be in the backfield, but also be one of those inside receiver guys. And, I’ll be honest with you, he’s a pretty good DB, too.”

Extra Notes

Outside of football, Caldwell plays basketball for West Forsyth…. Caldwell is strongly considering pursuing a sports management major in college.

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