Montgomery (Ala.) Lee offensive lineman Antoine Caldwell has been an active camper this summer, hoping to improve his stock among a number of SEC and C-USA programs showing interest in him.
“I went to the Alabama camp on May 31 through June 3, the Auburn camp on June 14-15, I visited Vandy on the 21st and I went down to Southern Miss on the 28th,” he said. “It gave me a chance to see a lot of places, get to know some of the coaches who have been recruiting me a little bit better.
“I liked Vandy’s campus a lot. I was pretty surprised how nice everything was. It’s a nice city, and they have great academics there. That’s going to be the most important thing I’m looking at.”
Caldwell (6-4, 265, 4.92) is an athletic big man who has picked up an offer from Louisville thus far. He’s also getting looks from Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt and UAB, among others.
“I like something about all of those schools,” he said. “They all have something that would be nice for me. It’s hard to say, really, until I get some other offers. If Alabama offered, that would be pretty big. I’ve always been an Alabama fan, and our whole family roots for Alabama except for dad. He’s an Auburn fan.
“Louisville being the first to offer is a plus. Coach Joe Whitt Jr. is recruiting me, and I’ve got to know him pretty well. He came to see me this spring, and spent a lot of time talking to me and my parents. He stressed how important academics were, not just football, and I think that made a big impression on my mom and dad. They really liked that.
“I don’t know a great deal about their program other than what he’s told me, but I know they’ve had some good talent there in recent years. I’ve also got a friend of mine, Deriontae Taylor who played down here, that signed with them this year. I want to try and take a visit there sometime.”
Caldwell is a strong student who will be fully qualified. He maintains a 3.5 core GPA and has scored a 21 on the ACT. He wants to study sports medicine, physical therapy or computer engineering in college.