It’s not a far trip, but Sunday, West Forsyth (NC) three-star running back Marcus Caldwell was back in Blacksburg. Caldwell was on hand for Virginia Tech’s first junior day of the year.
The trip gave Caldwell the most thorough look he’s had yet at the Hokies. More visits are coming, including one later this month, but Caldwell said Virginia Tech helped its standing during his trip.
“This visit was very, very, good,” he said. “I got to see the academics and stuff. Also, I got to talk to the coaches. It was just good. It was probably my best visit. I got to see the campus, take the tour.”
Caldwell visited the Hokies in November for their win over Virginia and also took part in their Blacksburg Bash barbecue in July. This time, along with his teammate, 2019 cornerback Jaquan McMillian he got a better chance to see more of what the school and program offer.
“I got to tour around the school,” Caldwell said. “I went to another facility and we visited mechanical engineering. In the end, I went to the academic thing, got to see where the athletes go, student life, all that.”
Caldwell’s primary recruiter has been assistant coach Charley Wiles. The two of them reconnected Sunday, though Caldwell also spent time with other members of the staff, too.
“They told me that Virginia Tech was really on the up-rise,” Caldwell said. “They just told me they could use me. I talked to the running backs coach, too. They went over their schemes and they talked about how they could compete early. They’re only taking one or two backs in the 2018 class. I talked with the head coach. He talked positive and told me a lot of good stuff. I talked with all the coaches. It was just good overall.”
Caldwell said he’s not ready to name any favorites, but the Hokies are sitting in a good position with him.
“I’m very high on Virginia Tech right now,” he said. “It’s just overall. Also, the coaches, they just really showed love. When I’m up at Virginia Tech, I feel comfortable already. I’m still a junior in high school. Every time, I just feel comfortable, like I’m at home.”
Until Sunday, the only other recent visit Caldwell had made was in November to Wake Forest for its game against Clemson. The Demon Deacons, though, have not offered.
“I like their program,” Caldwell said. “They haven’t offered me yet, but they’ve been recruiting me. I like them ok. I mean, they’re a pretty good program.”
Next up, Caldwell said he tentatively plans to visit Kentucky Jan. 28 for the Wildcats’ junior day. It will be his first trip to Lexington.
“I think of them pretty highly,” Caldwell said. “I like their program in the SEC. It’s pretty good competition. I just wanna go there and see how the facilities are, how the coaches are and see how I feel.”
Caldwell has no other visits or cutdown plans as of now.