2011 CB Calvin Caldwell Talks Recruiting

Teams aren't throwing the ball much to J.L. Mann CB Calvin Caldwell's side of the ball. The 2011 prospect has been productive despite the lack of opportunities coming his direction. That hasn't stopped a bevy of schools from recruiting the Patriots standout though. Inside Caldwell talks about his recruitment and senior season with SCPrepNation.com.

2011 CB Calvin Caldwell and the J.L. Mann Patriots have made an adjustment moving from the AAA to the AAAA ranks this season. Caldwell has been a camp and workout warrior throughout his career and he still awaits his first scholarship offer. We caught up with Caldwell recently to talk the very latest.

Early on during his senior season Caldwell hasn't been getting many opportunities but he's made the most of every ball thrown to his side of the field. It's not his fault but teams have figured out that it's dangerous to throw it Caldwell's way.

"So far this season I have around 20 tackles, 4 breakups, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery. On offense, I have a touchdown and I am averaging about 20 yards a catch. I have found that I haven't been getting as many balls thrown my way this season. A player from another team actually told me that his coach put it in the gameplan to avoid my side."

Caldwell prides himself on his work ethic and he was at it again this offseason on the camp and combine circuit. He talked at length about what facets of his game he tried to emphasize the most work on.

"I worked on ball skills and press man coverage the most. These are two things that are needed to be a top corner so I tried to really work on those things."

Early on in the season despite the ball not being throw to his side much Caldwell talked about his best game thus far during his senior season.

"So far I'd say it was the first game against Woodmont. My goal every game is to give up zero catches on my side and I accomplished that. I also had 5 tackles, an interception, and I caught a touchdown on offense too."

Switching gears up we asked Caldwell how things were going currently on the recruiting front and he spoke about the very latest happenings with us.

"I am hearing from Elon, Western Carolina, Wofford, and Appalachian State the most. There are a few others but those are the main few right now. I would say Wofford and Western Carolina are recruiting me the hardest right now."

"I went to a lot of camps this offseason. Wofford, Elon, Duke, and NC State. I have already taken unofficial visits to Wofford and Duke and will probably visit the rest soon. I will try to go to a few games if I can."

As we mentioned before Caldwell and the Patriots make the move from the AAA ranks up to the AAAA ranks this season. It isn't going to be an easy transition as they have already encountered AAAA Division 1 champions Dorman and will also take on the likes of Byrnes before the season is out in region play.

"I am happy we are finally 4A to play against the best schools in the state. I am playing with a chip on my shoulder all year to let everyone know I can play with the best this state has to offer."

Looking ahead to the rest of his season Caldwell talked about his goals for his Patriots and himself currently.

"My main goal is to bring great cornerback play to the table. In run support and coverage too. If I am focusing on locking down my side the interceptions will come. I won't say a number but I definitely want to top what I had last season. For the team I want us to max out our potential and play together. If we do that we will suprise a lot of people in our region.

Although he doesn't hold any offers yet Caldwell is hopeful that once his film starts to circulate that will change soon.

"I feel like offers could come from any of the schools recruiting me once they see film of me at corner. A lot of schools have seen me play strictly safety and cornerback film is what they have been waiting on so we'll see."

The 2011 cornerback also talked about what things he'll be considering heaviest when looking at colleges. He also talked about when he will make his final decision.

"My biggest factors will be overall comfort, coach relationship, and academics. I will make a decision when my family and I feel the time is right."


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