An early Christmas present is how Terry Caldwell looks at his scholarship offer from Ole Miss. The middle linebacker standout from Northwest Mississippi Community College picked the Rebels last Tuesday morning after picking up an offer from defensive coordinator Dave Wommack.
The 6-foot-1, 219 pound Caldwell will play Stinger for the Rebels. He is set to graduate later this month and he will go through spring practice. Caldwell, who calls North Carolina his home, led the Rangers, and the state, with 122 tackles this past season.
Ole Miss has been really looking at Caldwell for a week, maybe 10 days, depending on who you ask. The offer finally came through this morning after Wommack visited in Senatobia.
“Coach Wommack asked me, he said ‘Terry, just be honest if all the schools that are talking to you are all equal and they all had an equal offer, which school would you take?'” Caldwell said. “I said to be honest, I would go to Ole Miss. That’s when he said that I had an offer from us. I told him I accept. That’s what happened.”
Caldwell ultimately chose the Rebels over an offer from TCU, the opponent in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl, and Texas A&M. Old Dominion, SE Louisiana and others were also looking at Caldwell he said.
“I was just excited about getting the offer. I have been following the program this year and I was just very impressed, how they played and how they’re building as a unit,” Caldwell said. “I really like the coaches and how they were just genuine and straight forward with me. They told me how I could be a great assets and be very beneficial to the team.”
The Rebels need to sign linebackers with Keith Lewis, Deterrian Shackleford and Serderius Bryant leaving after the bowl game and then Denzel Nkemdiche and Christian Russell departing after next season. Caldwell is one of two linebackers who are committed for the 2015 signing class, joining Brookhaven’s Leo Lewis in that category.
Olive Branch’s Fred Walls is not considered a verbal pledge any longer.
For more on Caldwell, see Thursday’s print edition of the Oxford Citizen.