Darrius Caldwell, a junior college transfer who was expected to compete for a starting role, will not enroll at ASU according to Doug Haller of AZ Central.
JUCO transfer Darrius Caldwell, expected to compete at Devil-backer, will not enroll at ASU bc of academic reasons. http://t.co/6HSa1as35x— Doug Haller (@DougHaller) July 14, 2014
As the No. 40 JUCO recruit in the country, Caldwell had plenty of offers from other schools but chose the Sun Devils over South Carolina. He was ranked the No. 26 weak side defensive end by Rivals and No. 76 defensive end by Scout coming out of high school.
Caldwell, as Haller mentioned, was supposed to have a good chance at the Devilbacker position and would have competed with Chans Cox, Viliami Latu and Eriquel Florence in fall camp. Caldwell played his redshirt freshman season at Illinois in 2012 before transferring to Pearl River Community College. The 6-foot-6, 235 pound defensive end had 17.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss in his one season with the Fighting Illini.
He was a teammate of fellow Arizona State defensive tackle signee Dalvon Stuckey at Pearl River Community College. Caldwell would have certainly made the Devilbacker competition a lot tougher in fall camp, but Cox and Latu and Florence are all capable replacements for Carl Bradford.