Player Spotlight: Caleb Choate

Caleb Choate transferred to Artesia from Texas. In his 1st game he recorded 6 tackles and a sack. An injury may force him to play DE now. See what he had to say...

New Mexico Insider: What were your stats/honors from last season?
Caleb Choate:
I averaged 5.7 ypc, and 12.3 ypr, with 748 total yards. and 6 TDs. I had 2 INTs and 76 tackles.

NMI: What is your official height and weight?
Caleb:
5'11" and I weigh 205.

NMI: What is your greatest football memory?
Caleb:
 I scored the first touchdown of the season my sophmore year against Odessa high.

NMI: What are your goals for the upcoming season?
Caleb:
To gain weight, get stronger and make lots of tackles so I can get recruited.

NMI: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
Caleb:
 I lifted every other day and ran sprints or 2 miles on off days. I couldn't attend any camps this year cause I was moving.

NMI: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Caleb:
My strength and I need to get back up to my full speed and get my feet quicker.

NMI: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Caleb:
Landry Jones, Scott Poe, Kirby Wheeler and Matt Moreno.

NMI: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Caleb:
Dallas Bollema, he's a sophomore starting linebacker and he isn't scared of anything.

NMI: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Caleb:
Just to get to go somewhere and play is a goal. But my main goal is to go to Texas A&M and play.

NMI: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
Caleb:
No offers yet... but before I moved I had Tulsa, UTEP, University of Houston, Angelo State, and a few junior colleges sending me stuff.

NMI: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
Caleb:
If it was the best oppurtunity for me, yes.

NMI: What would your top 5 college choices be?
Caleb:
Texas A&M, TCU, Tulsa, UTEP and UNM.

NMI: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Caleb:
Tyler Lions from Frenship. He was fast, tall, strong and he could throw the ball a mile.

NMI: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
Caleb:
Tyler Lions because he was awesome, but he didn't flaunt it like some guys do.

NMI: What other sports do you play?
Caleb:
Baseball and I run track but I usually just do the workouts.

NMI: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Caleb:
Squat: 480, bench: 275, clean: 275, 40: 4.51.

NMI: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Caleb:
Aggressive, I'm the guy who hits even if we aren't in pads.

NMI: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Caleb:
I'm very strong for my size, so I can over power a lot of people. I gained a lot of weight this summer, so my weakness is that I only run about a 4.5-4.7 40 right now.

NMI: Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Caleb:
Brian Urlacher... he's just a beast, he plays every down as hard as he can and he can hit pretty dang hard.

NMI: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
Caleb:
TCB... we had a coach that would tell us to take care of business on and off the field and it will all work out for the team if we did.

NMI: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
Caleb:
 A state championship.

NMI: What position do you think you will play in college?
Caleb:
Linebacker or like an inverted safety.
 
NMI: What can a college program expect from you as a player?
Caleb:
To have to literally kick me out of the weight room.
 
NMI: What is your GPA and SAT/ACT score?
Caleb:
 I have like a 3.5 GPA... and I haven't had the chance to take the ACT but I am on Oct. 28.

NMI: What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
Caleb:
How far down the depth chart I am because I don't like not playing.

The staff at New Mexico Insider would like to thank Caleb for his time and wish him luck this year. Anyone wishing to contact Caleb or do a player spotlight may email jason@24-7football.com.


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