September 25, 2021
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Diamond In The Rough: PJ Caldwell

PJ Caldwell is a Wide Receiver in the class of 2022 for Parkhill High School in Kansas City, Missouri. Standing in at 6’0” and 175 lbs., Caldwell has made himself known as an incredibly skilled route runner and physical receiver. His ability to create space between him and the defender has shown as he racked up 907 yards and 9 touchdowns this season! The combination of his agility and his breakneck speed makes him a nightmare for any defense. His physicality should not be overlooked, as he is able to catch any ball thrown his way whether there is a defender there or not. PJ Caldwell has shown that he is a promising prospect, and we are excited to see what he will do in his senior season.

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When did you start playing football and why? I started around 5-6 in flag football, my whole family was into football and I had a love for football.

Favorite moment of your career so far? In 7th grade, we won the Midwest championship.

What current or past player do you think you play like the most? Jalen Knoll, we run routes similar, we are aggressive with the ball and can make play.

Do you play any sports outside of football, and what do you think you adds to your game? Track, helps me stay conditioned, also helps with team chemistry.

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Do you have any pregame rituals? I always try to find a quiet place and listen to music before the game.

Going into the season, what are you looking forward to? Finally, being able to be a leader of the team and being the number one receiver, as a team I want to go to the state championship and have 1000 yards receiver.

Do you have a quote or anything that pushes you daily? “No shortcuts, gotta work hard, go to school, go to college, get good grades and ball out on the field.”

What do you think a college would get out of you as a player? They are getting a hard worker, a leader, a good teammate and a playmaker.

What motivates you to get up and train every day? I would say I’m just trying to better myself every day because there is always someone working for your spot.

What do you think makes you a good teammate? I’m really good at pushing others, I make sure that people go to weightlifting, I’m also very responsible.

Who has pushed you most in your football journey? My dad, he has always pushed me to be a better person on and off the field, especially in school.

What do you think sets you apart from other athletes? When we are not in season, I will always be lifting and training, I’m always trying to find a way to get better.

What do you think the best part of your game is? My route running and aggression towards the ball, I’m normally bigger so the quarterback can throw it up and I will make a big play.

Would you consider yourself a possession, speed, or route running specialist? Route running and physical receiver also great at blocking.

Do you prefer to be pressed by the DB or not? I love when the try to press me, I know that I’m getting the ball if they are pressing me.

Favorite route? Post corner.

Favorite skill move in open field? Stiff arm because I’m long and lanky and will put the defender on the floor.

Inside or outside routes? Outside, because being close to the sideline I can make big plays.

Favorite catching drill? Me and my dad will go out to the field and I’ll catch racquetballs for hand eye coordination.

Best catch you have made in game? It was a fake screen route, and I was at the slot, I faked blocking and then ran and make a catch over a defender and scored.

What are you thinking pre snap? Based off the play, I’m trying to see what coverage they are in, the way I run my route depends on what coverage they are in.

Favorite part of playing receiver? We are the playmakers of the team, when the team needs a big play, they call us and I’m always ready to make that big play.