Earlier this week, Crestview (Fla.) tight end Allen Caldwell made a decision with regards to where he will attend for college and continue his football career.
"I committed to Navy," Caldwell said. "I feel it is a place that guarantees success and a future. It is like an Ivy League education there basically. It is a great place to help you get a job after school and football. I also feel like it is a little bit more of a challenge, so I am willing to try that."
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect talked about informing the Navy staff of his decision.
"I told Justin Davis, the defensive line coach, and he was very excited," Caldwell said. "He told (head) Coach (Ken) Niumatalolo and he was thrilled too. The coaches there just really have a personal feel. I like them a lot. It is a great place with very nice coaches."
The interest from the Naval Academy in Caldwell dates back to a trip he took this past summer to check out the school on an unofficial visit.
"I went up there this summer when I did a whole tour east of the Mississippi (river), where I toured a bunch of colleges," Caldwell said. "I did a camp at the University of Maryland and I drove over to the Academy and stopped by to tour. That is when they offered me. The facilities were great. You couldn't ask for anything better."
The Midshipmen, who are 5-3 on the season, recently secured a big victory over Notre Dame at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Caldwell was paying attention to that victory and looks forward to being a part of that rivalry in the future.
"I can't wait for 2012 when we play in Dublin against them," Caldwell said. "I thought it was great. ESPN was talking about it a lot. I was talking to the coaches after the game, right after it, and they were all fired up. You could hear it in the background."
As for where he will line up in college, it will be a change from the tight end position he has played at Crestview.
"I will be either a defensive end or an H-back there," Caldwell said. "Changing positions doesn't bother me."
Caldwell chose the Naval Academy over offers from Florida International, Eastern Michigan, and others. He was also drawing interest from other schools such as Clemson and Florida State. If he was to land a major BCS offer, he said he would have to give it attention but it doesn't automatically mean that he won't end up in Annapolis for his college career.
"I would have to think twice," Caldwell said. "I am not completely set on Navy, but I like what they stand for. I like them a lot."