Caldwell Still Interested

One of the elite prospects on UCLA's recruiting list is Arizona defensive lineman <b>Kyle Caldwell.</b> We spoke to him about what's happening with him and UCLA...

Kyle Caldwell, 6-4, 255, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, and his family were to set up a meeting with UCLA coach (Gary) Bernardi to discuss the Bruins' coaching change, and said that he is definitely still interested in the Bruins.

 

The visit with Bernardi was set up for last Tuesday.  Caldwell said Monday evening, "He is coming out and talking to me and my family, so we will discuss all of that. Basically, I know as of now I am still highly interested in them. That does not really change anything. I have a lot of respect for coach Toledo and coach Bernardi. I am still going to take a visit there, and tomorrow I will discuss all the details with him (Bernardi)."

 

Caldwell just returned from a visit to Arizona State this past weekend. "Yeah, I had a lot of fun. Obviously, I have seen a lot of the school and the program because they are basically in my backyard. I got a good chance to meet a lot of the players and talk to them and get their opinions. I was hosted by Terrell Suggs."

 

This weekend Caldwell is headed to Nebraska. "I am scheduled to go to UCLA on January 10, and the week before I am playing in the Army All-American Bowl game. I only have four visits scheduled, and there still is that fifth slot. But I don't know if I'll take all five. ASU is probably the school recruiting me the hardest. Since they are real close it probably makes it easier for the them."

 

Saguaro finished the season strong. It was the top-rated pre-season school in the state, but got off to a bad start. "We did get to the quarterfinals. We ended up 9-3, so we had a pretty good year. We went on a nine-game winning streak after losing the first two games of the season. We ended up doing a lot more than maybe we should have. And we really came together. It was just a real fun year. I am obviously disappointed that we didn't go farther since that is the ultimate goal, but we went through a lot this year." On the season Caldwell finished with 131 tackles, 20 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four recovered fumbles and 42 tackles for loss and 32 quarterback hurries.

 

Caldwell has ties to California and is an avid long-board surfer, but he said that choosing a school near the beach would not be a determining factor. "I used to spend the summers in California. I have family in Malibu and Ventura, so I always had access to a beach during the summer. My dad's sister and my dad's brother both live out there.


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