Caldwell's versatility intrigues Huskies

When Venice (Los Angeles) RB Teondray Caldwell gets his hands on the ball, he makes things happen. As a junior, the talented athlete made plays from a multitude of positions and that versatility has schools jockeying for recruiting position. Washington is one school who seems intrigued and spoke with Caldwell recently about where things stand...

"Things have been going good and they're picking up right now," Caldwell told recently. "A bunch of schools have been by to talk with our coaches and to see us -- Idaho, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, UCLA and Washington.

"I haven't talked to Washington's coaches yet, but I guess they watched my tape with my coaches and they said they liked it a lot and were going to take a look at me so that was encouraging.

"I've talked to all of the coaches from the other schools and they seem interested, but right now I don't have any offers, so I'm just going to be patient and see what happens."

As a junior last fall, Caldwell was an explosive element on a Gondolier team that went 10-2, posting 400 yards on 47 carries (a 8.5 yards per carry clip) and three touchdowns as a running back while hauling in 51 receptions for 776 yards and eight touchdowns as a receiver.

"The coaches just liked getting the ball to me however they could," Caldwell said. "We had a really good running back (Aaron Jones) last year, but he wasn't a great receiver, so they moved me out there to get me on the field and let me make plays.

"This year I'll play more running back, but I'll still split out wide and make plays as a receiver. I don't really care, I just want to get the ball in my hands and I'll do the rest."

Besides being a multi-talented threat on offense, Caldwell also played free safety for Venice, recording 17 tackles and one interception in spot duty and he was a big contributor as a returner, averaging nearly 20 yards on 23 punt returns including two for touchdowns and averaging over 40 yards per kickoff return including a 98-yarder for a score.

"I have good speed, but I'm trying to get more explosive," Caldwell said. "I think the last time I ran it, I was about a 4.5, but I've been doing speed training and stuff like that, so I think I'm going to be a lot more explosive this year."

Caldwell said he plans to go to UCLA's 7-on-7 camp and USC's 'Rising Stars' camp in June and may end up going to coming to Seattle for Washington's camp as well.

We'll have more from Caldwell in the near future as he continues to go through the recruiting process.

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