Tuesday, February 12, 2013
DB Caballero attracting more interest
By Damon Sayles
2014 defensive back Alex Caballero (Dallas/Woodrow Wilson) is one of the many players hoping to turn the spring into his recruiting sanctuary. If he’s able to do so, he’ll also be able to tell a nice story about his journey to being a college football recruiting prospect.
Caballero finished his first varsity season in November. Before he was a safety, he was a soccer standout at Woodrow. Caballero has played soccer since he was 3 years old, but he stopped playing to focus on honing his football craft.
“Soccer was my first love,” Caballero said. “It was definitely a big transition for me. I missed all my teammates; they were good guys with bright futures. But I just found a new love, football, and I decided to pursue it.”
Caballero isn’t a total stranger to the sport. He first started playing football as a seventh-grader. Playing in the secondary, however, was something new for him this past season. Before, Caballero had lined up as a wide receiver.
Now the Woodrow coaching staff can’t wait to see Caballero as a defensive leader for the 2013 season. The 6-foot, 175-pound safety, who has run the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds, finished with six interceptions and broke up several pass plays.
Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Nevada, Kansas, Arkansas State and Utah all have shown interest in Caballero. While he’s still looking to pick up his first offer, Caballero did get a chance to make it to Baylor’s junior day last week.
“I like the campus there. It was really nice,” he said of Baylor. “With me, I’m just trying to get better. I’m trying to put on some weight, get a lot bigger and stronger and get a little faster. I just want to be more versatile and more physical.”
If all pans out, the work will help Caballero fulfill a dream -- for his new first love. Caballero wants to play football on an FBS level.
“I actually started playing soccer before going to school,” he said, “but football’s what I do now.”