BREAKING: RB arrives early for Mike Leach

HE'S A RUNNING BACK but he also played receiver and return man in high school. He's quick and elusive but he's also thick and poses a challenge for just one would-be tackler, with 205 pounds spread across his 5-10 frame. He's also in Pullman, having arrived yesterday and is ready to start classes next week at Washington State and get ready to go through spring ball.

Teondray Caldwell is a 2011 class prospect out of Venice High in L.A. who originally signed with Nevada. He spent the past fall getting his academic qualifications in order and having done so, he is now WSU bound.

"Coach Jim Mastro originally recruited me to Nevada and then he went to UCLA. And then he went to WSU and he brought me here... and this is a better fit. It's good, I really like it here," Caldwell told

CALDWELL WAS NAMED All-LA City Coaches First Team his senior campaign, rushing for 1,085 yards and 19 touchdowns in an abbreviated season (8 games) due to injury.

There hasn't been much in the way of news this recruiting season on him, begging the question -- is he walking on at WSU?

"No, I'm on scholarship. They liked my versatility, the word is I might (in effect) play both running back and receiver -- they like my hands... and Mike Leach throws the ball a lot," said Caldwell.

It's not hard to envision a scenario with Caldwell coming out of the backfield into the flat or on screens. At 5-10, 205-pounds, Caldwell can both get small, quick and make yards by being elusive -- or he can lower his shoulder.

"I'm good at open space. I don't get tackled by one dude," Caldwell said.

CALDWELL IS ALSO very close with Gabriel Marks, each calls the other his brother, thereby increasing the chances Marks will follow him to The Palouse.

"I've been talking to him about joining me up here, just a little bit," laughed Caldwell.

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