Mauldin LB Deuce Caldwell spent much of Tuesday at Clemson with his mother getting the grand tour of the football facilities and the campus. He met with several people, from coaches to players. Everything was perfect for Caldwell; except he did not leave with an offer. However, that could change Thursday.
“I had a great time talking to some players and meeting some players,” Caldwell said. “I met (QB) DJ Uiagalelei. I met D-Rench (RB Darien Rencher). I met (WR) Joseph Ngata. They were all welcoming. I really had a great time. It was me and my mom. My dad wasn’t able to come but he’s probably going to come the next time I go to a visit. We really had a great time.”
And it was a busy time for Caldwell who arrived mid-morning and left late-afternoon.
“We did everything from bowling to shooting basketball,” said Caldwell who is also a standout basketball player for Legacy Charter. “We went to the business center, to the library, all around campus. We went to the practice field, game field, Lake Hartwell. We went to the dorms. We had a good meal that the chef made. And we had a photo shoot. You know I had #2 on.”
Caldwell would love an offer from the Tigers, and he felt the vibe he got from the coaches he met with was positive in that area.
“I feel really good,” Caldwell said. “I was with coach (Mickey) Conn. Coach Conn was with me the whole day. That was a real good blessing. I’ve known him since the ninth grade. The relationship we have is really great right now. Coach (Brent) Venables had dinner with me and my mom. He sat down and talked to us for about an hour about different things, about the school. I play for Cam Newton’s 7 on 7, so he was talking to us about that, and talking about the different programs they have all around, so that was real good.”
Caldwell gets another shot at that offer later this week. He’ll be at the first camp session that day and he’s ready for his skills to speak for him.
“I’m just hoping God has a great thing coming my way soon,” Caldwell said. “As of right now, they want to see me in camp, see how I move. I feel confident enough to walk away on Thursday with an offer.”
Caldwell has an official visit to North Carolina set for June 15th and one to UCF June 25th. He’s not going to any other camps, but he’ll be at USC June 24th with his 7 on 7 club.
Last season Caldwell had 38 tackles with 2 pass break ups. He also scored seven offensive touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 59 tackles with 4 tackles for loss, 4 interceptions and 5 passes broken up.
Tuesday Night Notes:
- Clemson offered 2023 DE DJ Hicks (6-4 250) of Allen, TX. He’s a five-star and ranked the #8 DL nationally in his class in the 247Sports Composite. He had 52 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 5 sacks last season.
- Clemson offered 2023 DL Victor Burley (6-4 255) of Warner Robins, GA. He’s a five-star and the #7 DL nationally in his class in the 247Sports Composite.
- Clemson target DT Hero Kanu was offered by Georgia.
- USC target LB EJ Lightsey of Fitzgerald, GA visited Florida Tuesday.
- USC target 2023 QB target Dylan Lonergan of Snellville, GA was offered by North Carolina Tuesday while on a visit to his “dream school” North Carolina.
- Former Clemson RB Chez Mellusi is transferring to Wisconsin.
- LB Tre Pinkney of Hutchinson JC committed to Coastal Carolina.
- 6-6 Julian Phillips of Blythewood will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend according to Dan McDonald of Rivals.