Darrius gave Coach Paul Johnson the type of phone call he enjoys receiving. "I called Coach Johnson this afternoon before I went to practice to let him know I was committing to Georgia Tech." Caldwell also talked to his recruiting coach "Buzz" Preston to tell him the news. "I was glad to let them know that I was going to be a Yellow Jacket."
The coaches were just as happy as Darrius. "Coach Johnson said welcome aboard and said he was very happy I made my decision to come to Georgia Tech," said Darrius. He said to come ready to work hard and be a part of the Tech defense." Coach Preston was also overjoyed with the news. "He's been recruiting me hard since April and he was glad that he was able to recruit me to Georgia Tech and he looked forward to having me as a part of the Yellow Jacket family."
Caldwell's decision to commit today came after he talked to both his mom and his coach. "Both felt I could not go wrong with a degree and a chance to play football at Georgia Tech," said Caldwell. "They both felt that Georgia Tech was the best fit and best place for me." The value of the Georgia Tech degree was a big factor in Caldwell's decision. "I felt at home on campus and felt real comfortable around everyone there."
Darrius had a lengthy list of schools to choose from before he made his decision. "Some of the schools that offered me were South Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Virginia, Illinois, and Central Florida. "I just felt Georgia Tech was the best place for me and the time was right."
It was easy for Darrius to see that Tech had a lot to offer as a football program. "The coaching staff is a great one and Coach (Al) Groh is a great defensive coach," said Caldwell. "Coach Johnson is building something special at Georgia Tech and I want to be a part of that and to be able to call Georgia Tech a part of my family."
Caldwell is now done with the recruiting process. "I committed to Georgia Tech so there is no need to visit any other school and I already know what I want and I picked it today." Caldwell won't be a stranger around the Tech campus this season. "I'm going to go to as many home games as I can," said Darius. "It's an exciting time for me." Caldwell is also hoping to bring his quarterback with him to the games.
One of Caldwell's best traits as a player the way he uses his hands. "I use my hands well and I am a hard worker and I'm eager to learn quickly." Before he arrives at Tech, Caldwell will be working on his strength and speed. "I'm 6'5"-210 and I run a 4.6 forty." Caldwell feels he can add more weight and still improve his speed.
Darrius is looking forward to getting his senior season started. "We open up next Friday against Dunwoody and the team feels that this year is our year to go all the way. Last year we were 8-3 and lost out in the first round of the playoffs. That just made us hungry and ready for this year to be our year. We've worked hard during the off season and are working hard right now to prepare for the season and a state title."