SEC Bound

Juco LB Terry Caldwell out of N' West CC flew back from his TCU official visit on Monday not knowing what to really expect when he got back home. He learned his fate less than 24 hours later.

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"Ole Miss told me they were going to let me know if I had a spot or not when I got back in from TCU," Caldwell said. "I was going to wait until I knew what they were going to do before I did anything. I have been going to their games this fall with some friends of mine, and I just loved how they played. When I got back in from TCU coach Freeze told me this morning they had a spot for me. I told him I wanted it."

The recruitment from the Rebels has been a whirlwind.

"They started recruiting me a couple weeks back. Coach (Dave) Womack from Ole Miss came to see me play. He came to my school to visit with me the next week. He told coach Freeze about me. Coach Freeze came to see me last Thursday. We spoke for a good while. He asked me about my history at NC Charlotte. I told him the things I wanted to accomplish. Coach Freeze said he was impressed with my character and athleticism and said he thought I would be beneficial for his program. We just kind of hit it off. I was keeping my fingers crossed they would have a spot for me, but if they didn't, I knew I had some great options in TCU, Texas A&M, Houston, and East Carolina. Those were good offers too. I just wanted to be a part of the Ole Miss program because I loved how they played defense, and I love their core values. I am a big believer in Christ too. It was just a perfect fit for me."

The 6' 2", 230-pound outside linebacker feels like the Ole Miss defense is the perfect fit.

"I liked what they did this year. They play fast with great intensity and like a family. I also loved the electric atmosphere they had the games I went to this fall. I was liking Ole Miss well before they started recruiting me. Some of my friends are going to school there too. I can't believe this has all happened. I am a believer in Christ and this is truly a blessing and a dream come true."

The Rebels are also happy about All-Conference selection's decision.

"They want me to come in and play Stinger. Be in the box and and use me on the outside too. They said I have great speed and quickness and have the ability to cover the receivers off the edge. They just think I will be a great fit for them because I can really run and hit. That's what they said they are looking for in their Stingers."

How the Charlotte native ended up at N' West CC is an interesting story as well.

"I played for NC Charlotte for two years. I redshirted my freshman year and got the starting job my redshirt freshman season. I had a lot of success. I led our team in tackles for losses (9.5) and had 56 tackles and a couple sacks, but I wanted to play big time football so I transferred to N' West CC. My friend Carson Miller played at N' West and told me a lot of good things about it. My experience there was great. There are a lot of great coaches there. They pushed me on and off of the field. I kept my word and they kept theirs. I did a lot of great things there in the semester I was there. Now I am ready to do even bigger things at Ole Miss. I will enroll there in January and start practicing."

Terry Caldwell had , 122 tackles and tied for first on the team with 12.5 tackles-for-loss. He also had three sacks, on forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, an interception and five pass breakups.

Caldwell will finish up his academic work in December and he will have three years to play two starting in 2015.


Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com




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