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Sunday, February 17, 2013
RB Caldwell talks K-State junior day

By Damon Sayles

Running back Josh Caldwell (Lee’s Summit, Mo. Lee’s Summit North) has a couple of objectives before the start of his senior season. Land a college scholarship or two. Break a school record. Lead his team to a winning season and, potentially, a postseason run.

Caldwell was one of several players who visited Manhattan, Kan., over the weekend, as he took in the Kansas State junior day. It was the first junior day for the 5-foot-10, 196-pound running back.

“I liked it a lot,” Caldwell said. “I liked the campus, and I loved how the coaches talked to me and treated me.”

Caldwell said a highlight of his trip came when he stayed for the Kansas State-Baylor basketball game. He watched the Wildcats get a win, but more importantly, he saw the atmosphere of a raucous, pro-Kansas State crowd.

“The school spirit,” Caldwell said. “That’s what made me realize I could come here 4-5 years. It was my first college basketball game, and the student section was crazy.”

Caldwell has been getting looks from Kansas State, Nebraska and Iowa State. He describes himself as a “one-cutback” athlete who uses explosiveness and elusiveness to be successful. Few defenders get a clean hit on him.

Caldwell joined Lee's Summit West teammates Monte Harrison and Logan Cheadle in listening to the newest member of the Kansas State coaching staff, wide receivers coach Andre Coleman. A former Kansas State receiver, Coleman played five years in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played in Super Bowl XXIX, where he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

“He talked to us, and he knows my mom and aunt, so he welcomed me there,” Caldwell said of Coleman. “He was telling me even though my team didn’t do that well to keep doing my thing.”

Caldwell played for a Lee’s Summit North team that only won one game during the 2012 season, which seemed to overshadow what he did on the field. He rushed for 986 yards and eight touchdowns and averaged almost six yards per carry. He had decent numbers for someone who only carried the ball more than 17 times in a game twice during the season.

In fact, Caldwell, a two-year varsity starter, is looking to make history as a senior. He needs 16 touchdowns to take the Lee’s Summit North career rushing touchdowns record away from Kegan Coleman (1998-99).

“I’m trying to break a lot of records,” Coleman said. “But mostly, I just want to win some key games.”