Just over a month after notching an offer from the Texas Longhorns, which was expected to be the invitation that would alter his recruitment considerably, Alvin cornerback Marques Caldwell has announced his decommitment from the Oregon Ducks.
“I want to thank The University Of Oregon for taking me in with open arms,” Caldwell said in his Twitter announcement. “I also want to Thank Coach Arroyo for recruiting me as hard as he did, but as of now I will be DECOMMITTING from The University Of Oregon and Re-Opening my recruitment.”
To whom ever it may concern.— CÀŁDW3ŁŁ (@CMarquesssss) June 28, 2018
God Bless! pic.twitter.com/kktmVeyQ7L
A three-star prospect, Caldwell became the first member of Oregon’s 2019 class on Oct. 21, and has since seen offers roll in from Ole Miss, TCU, Texas Tech, Missouri, and Colorado, among others. It was Caldwell’s most recent invitation from Texas on May 18, however, that’s largely credited for shaking his recruitment up to the point of a decommitment.
Almost immediately, Crystal Ball projections began to pour in pointing towards Austin, and the initial belief was that a flip was imminent. That, of course, didn’t happen, and things became a bit unclear after Caldwell didn’t make it to the Forty Acres for his scheduled June 13 official visit. Nevertheless, 10 days later, Caldwell made it to campus for an unofficial visit on June 23, and various reports suggested that the visit couldn’t have gone any better.
Now just days letter, Texas is seemingly in the driver’s seat in Caldwell’s second recruitment and the overwhelming favorite to earn his pledge this time around. TCU and Ole Miss remain in the mix, as well, but his Crystal Ball is 100 percent to Texas.
Caldwell is ranked as the nation’s No. 62 cornerback prospect and as the No. 85 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.