Arizona DL Arranges Trips

The #11 defensive tackle prospect in the country, Kyle Caldwell, has arranged three official visits. Two are to Pac-10 schools and one to a Big 12 program...

Kyle Caldwell, 6-3, 265, 4.62, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, won't say that he's narrowed his list of schools, but by the way he talks and the visits he's arranged, it's fairly evident. He's most interest in Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Notre Dame, while ASU, the local favorite and his father's alma mater, is also still in the race.

Caldwell said he has already arranged official visits to three schools. "I've schedules official visits to Oregon (November 29), Nebraska (December 13) and UCLA (January 10). I'm actually in the process of setting up a trip with Notre Dame right now, and then the fifth visit I don't know where that will be yet."

While there is no clear-cut favorite, some of the schools are starting to distinguish themselves, by how much interest they're showing Caldwell and specific coaches. "Right now I would say the schools recruiting me the hardest are Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and ASU," he said. "The coaches from Nebraska, Notre Dame and Oregon are starting to impress me a bit more than some of the other schools recruiting me. But I'm still getting plenty calls from other schools as well. It has really reached a time for me to start narrowing it down and telling coaches thanks, but no thanks. I still get a whole bunch of letters as well."

He is in no rush to make a decision and wants to thoroughly enjoy the recruiting experience. "I want to take all five of my visits before making a decision. I really want to go through the whole recruiting process. I don't want to make an early commitment."

Caldwell is a very talented athlete who moves tremendously well for his size. "I play both sides of the ball at defensive end and at fullback." Saguaro entered the season the top rated school in the state, but had a number of distractions including open-heart surgery on head coach Stuart Goldstein. "We lost our first two games by like five points total, so it was really tough. We have improved a tremendous amount since then." Saguaro is now on a three-game winning streak after defeating Moon Valley last Friday 35-14. "Through our first four games I had 47 tackles, seven sacks, eight quarterback hurries, one caused fumble and one recovered fumble."

Coming from a family where dad is an ASU graduate and NFL veteran, one may expect some down-home pressure, but that has not been the case in the Caldwell house. "Both of my parents went to ASU. My dad (Brian Caldwell ‘83) played there and was an all Pac-10 defensive end, then played with Dallas. Yet neither of my parents want to put any pressure on me at all. My dad tells me to just make the best decision that is best for me."

As a junior, Caldwell had 118 tackles and 13 sacks, which earned him a spot on the Student Sports Junior All-American Team. He wants to raise that sack total to at least 21 as a senior. He spent the summer attending camps at UCLA and ASU.

UCLA head coach, Bob Toledo, and defensive line coach, Don Johnson, are expected to watch Caldwell play on Friday, November 8. The Bruins travel to Tucson to play Arizona on Saturday night, November 9.

Caldwell is fully qualified.


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