Name: Caleb Wilson
Q: What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
With transferring to several different institutions and having a great amount of success everywhere I’ve been, coming to a new school for my final season my main goal was to be the teammate that I’d want to have as a teammate. Show up everyday on time ready to put full effort in. Show the young guys my leadership and experience. I’ve had plenty of individual success in my college career. So I figured just being a leader, a team player and just showing up ready to work everyday will speak for itself at the end of the season. With doing those 3 things all season I was able to get all conference and that’ll be my 3rd time getting all conference awards at 3 different institutions.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
My teammates would say I’m a natural born leader. They’d say I’m a hard nosed player. They have never seen me fall down and not pop right back up. My teammates know I’ll always put my body on the line for them. They’d call me a big time playmaker. When it’s 4th down and we need a stop, I was one of the players on the defense that they’d look to make a big time play. They’d also say I don’t hide from anyone, with being a new member on the team I made sure to converse with every single guy on the team.
Q: When you are studying film, what do you focus on to improve your game?
When I am studying film to improve my game I look for how low or high I am playing. With me being tall I have to be able to play even lower. Because 9/10 times the low man does win the battle. I look at my read steps and make sure I don’t waste any steps in the process which can lead to not making the play. I love looking at the opposing team tendencies. Whether it be if a guard is leaning or further back getting ready to pull or a running backs alignment pre snap. Also seeing the percentages of run or pass in particular formations. It’s endless ways to improve your game watching film.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
What separates me is my knowledge of the game. I’ve been playing football since 5 years old and there is still tons more I can learn. Some players don’t want to be coached up at a certain point, but I always believe I can be coached up. My size and physicality also helps. My run stopping ability is top tier. Any pro team that may be struggling with stopping the run I am 100% the guy for you. I take the most pride out of any linebacker in the country in stopping the run. It’s an imaginary line that a draw and refuse to let anyone run past. Last thing that separates me is my risk reward instincts. From watching hours of film I am super good at making some risk reward plays.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
My offseason plans to train and prepare for opportunities is going to Canton, Ohio. Train at the local sports facility. I’ve been playing at 250 the last couple seasons and been able to move very well, but I plan to lose 20 pounds and lower my body fat percentage as much as possible. Looking to get more explosive and speed train. My off season goals are always to get faster and stronger. I’m going to push myself this offseason harder than ever and do whatever it takes to make it to the next level.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My strengths and abilities that I will bring to a team on the field is leadership and knowledge of the playbook. Being able to put players in the right spots when they are not. My physicality and quick twitch to the ball has always been effective for me. My strengths and abilities off the field would be always doing the right thing that will positively effect my career. Getting in the community and making more positive impacts in the community. Developing great relationships with my teammates and the coaching staff. Being able to always be available. If something off the field needs to be done I’m always someone you can call and count on to get there and make it happen.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL or any other pro leagues?
My final pitch to the NFL or any pro league is you will get someone that’s still willing to get coached up even with all the experience I may think I have. I have 4 years of great film. I am a “small school” guy but I’m 100% positive I can become a pro and make a super big impact on and off the field. If you research me even further you’ll find that every team I became apart of increased their record and made history at every single program I’ve been apart of. I know what it takes to change a culture of a program or continue to keep the culture going. I’ve been apart of several schools where the culture needed to be changed immediately and I’ve been a big part of doing that. My past coaches will definitely agree with that as well. Lastly I’m a hard nosed guy and hard nosed players have tons of success in the game called football.