DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS wants to attend USC according to his coach and efforts are being made to resolve the glitch that right now is preventing the transfer.
"It's in the process of being resolved," Pearl River coach William Jones said Monday night. "There's an appeal with the NCAA with what happened at Illinois. We got a little clarification of that today. There's still a chance South Carolina is going to sign him."
issue is Caldwell's time at Illinois. He signed in 2011 as a qualifier then in November of that year the NCAA reversed its ruling and deemed him a non-qualifier. However, Illinois allowed Caldwell to remain in school and continue to practice in his redshirt season. He then played for the Illini in 2012 before transferring to Pearl River for the 2013 season. The SEC office, in going over the paperwork for USC in preparation for Caldwell's transfer, discovered the violation and because Caldwell was a non-qualifier, the SEC rule that he has to spend three semesters at the junior college before he can transfer prevents him from going to USC.
"Nobody knew about it," Jone said. "We're trying to work thru it with the SEC and the NCAA. It was addressed and we thought it was cleared up. There's a glitch in the SEC rules and we're researching and going back. We're just trying to work thru it."
While that's going on, the recruiting of Caldwell is going forward. "I think they are still recruiting Darrius," the coach said of USC. "There's still a chance South Carolina is going to sign him but we're protecting his interest by taking some other visits. It doesn't mean he's going to sign there. He's very interested in South Carolina. I think he would really like to be at South Carolina but he's got to protect himself too. He may visit USC after Signing Day if we can get this worked out."
Caldwell is scheduled to visit Arizona State this weekend with a teammate.