Signee Spotlight: Terry Caldwell

Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will roll out a comprehensive breakdown of each 2015 Rebel signee. Today, we take a look at three-star LB Terry Caldwell.

Terry Caldwell
Linebacker

Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 80 JUCO
Size: 6-2,230
Hometown: (Northwest CC)
Wilmington, NC
Stats: 4.6 40-yard dash
Projected position at OM: Linebacker

Accolades: JUNIOR COLLEGE: Rated a 3-star prospect by ESPN.com and Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 2 junior college inside linebacker by ESPN.com ... Listed as the No. 80 JUCO prospect by Scout.com ... Helped Northwest Mississippi to the MACJC semifinals ... Earned second team All-MACJC honors ... Earned MACJC Defensive Player of the Week Honors (Nov. 7) ... Led the MACJC and ranked fourth nationally with 122 tackles, to go along with 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, five breakups, five quarterback hurries, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... Totaled a career-high 19 tackles in the MACJC Semifinals vs Copiah-Lincoln ... Coached in junior college by Jack Wright ... Charlotte (2013): Played in 10 of 11 games, making seven starts ... Started each of the first five games ... Led 49ers in back-to-back games with eight tackles vs. Chowan, Sept. 7 and seven tackles vs. NC Central, Sept. 14 ... Finished season fifth on team with 55 tackles (34 solo) ... Shared team lead with 9.5 tackles for loss ... His 2.0 sacks were tied for second on team ... Named third team FCS Independent All-Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com ... CHARLOTTE (2012): Signed with the 49ers on Feb. 1, 2012 as a member of the 49ers' first-ever recruiting class ... HIGH SCHOOL: Helped lead Hoggard to a 7-3 record as the All-Area Defensive Player of the Year ... Totaled 101 tackles as a senior, 13 of which went for loss ...Coached in high school by Scott Braswell.

Recruiting Competition: Terry had solid options, including Texas A&M, TCU, East Carolina and Houston, but he wants to play in the best conference in America. He got his wish.

Caldwell: “Coach Freeze came to see me and spoke for a good while. 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. 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. I liked what they did this year on defense. They play fast with great intensity and like a family. I also loved the electric atmosphere they had at the games I went to this fall. It’s a blessing."

Scouting Report: The first thing that jumps out at you about Caldwell is how active he is. He is a sideline-to-sideline player with good movement and ferocity. As one Ole Miss coach said, “he’s a bigger version of Keith Lewis.” Good enough.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “I think we were lucky with Terry. He kind of flew under our radar for a while, but then when we got to know him better and watch him play more, we knew he fit what we want and what we need – an active linebacker who can cover ground and is aggressive.”


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