Joel Caldwell committed to Vanderbilt in October, but said that his decision was a clear-cut choice over two other schools.
“I still talk to Coach Bryant (Defensive secondary coach Jamie) and Coach Caldwell (Offensive line coach Robbie) a lot,” Caldwell said. “UAB and Southern Miss still call, but I’m pretty firm to Vanderbilt. The education there and the ability to play early were really big factors in my decision.”
The cornerback recruit also spent some time on campus earlier this year, which he said helped cement his decision.
“I went to the Mississippi State game, and it was a fun time,” he said. “I got to hang out with my brother (Jr. wide receiver Jason Caldwell), because he goes there. I really like the atmosphere there; it’s a really nice campus.”
Hoover is 10-0 headed into the playoffs, and Caldwell has been a major factor, recording 35 tackles and two interceptions thus far. He said that he thinks his style of play is a major factor in his success, and said that he’s always trying to learn from those playing the game at the next level.
“I’ve been pretty happy with the season so far,” Caldwell said. “I’m a cover corner, and I’m real aggressive toward the ball. I try to take it when it’s still in the air, and I always like a challenge. I always look at the cornerback in every game on both sides to try to bits and pieces to correct myself with. I’m always trying to get better from them.”