In recruiting, package deals - where teammates profess a desire to attend college together - are often talked about but rarely realized. For one reason or another the dream just doesn't become reality and lifelong friends head in different directions. However, in the case of Delvon Purvis and Brandon Caldwell of Jordan High School in Los Angeles, the two friends looked at two schools and made a common decision - they would both walk-on at San Jose State.
"We both got it down to Fresno State and San Jose State," Caldwell said. "San Jose State was just the better place for both of us. Coach (Charles) Nash was talking to us a lot and we like him, so we're both going up to State."
Caldwell said he had been getting attention from Tennessee State, Utah State, and Arizona but none of them offered.
The 6-foot, 185-pound Caldwell plays both receiver and defensive back. For his senior season he had 38 receptions for 723 yards and six touchdowns. On defense he reports 97 tackles - 66 solo, along with two sacks and two interceptions - both of which were run back for touchdowns, one from 103 yards against Fremont.
"I don't really care where I play," he said. "I prefer to play wherever the coach tells me he needs me to play."
Caldwell also runs track, where he participates in the 4X100 and 4X400 relays, the 400-meter run, and the 110 hurdles.
"Delvon and I have beaten each other once in the 110 hurdles," Caldwell said.
Like Purvis, Caldwell said he is already enrolled and registered for classes in the fall. He said he would like to major in business.
Purvis told Inside Sparta that he is attempting to enroll in summer school. Caldwell said he is going to wait until fall, but that he would be at San Jose State in the summer.
"I'm supposed to go up in July," he said.
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