Caleb Downs

  • Pos S
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 195

Prospect Info

  • High School Mill Creek
  • City Hoschton, GA
  • Exp 2023 - ...

Alabama Crimson Tide

  • Class FR

As a Prospect

247Sports Composite®

0.9971
  • Class 2023
  • Committed 7/27/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

4 evaluations

Evaluated 01/07/2023

Andrew Ivins
Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst

Projection

First Round

Comparison

Justin Reid Kansas City Chiefs

One of the safest bets in the class of 2023 after producing for four-straight years on both sides of the ball against top-flight Peach State competition. Smooth. Instinctive. Competitive. Capped off a decorated prep career by leading his school to its first ever state title. Under 6-foot, but plays like he’s a giant as he embraces contact and isn’t afraid to come up and put a lick on someone in a gap. A safety by trade, but could probably be a full-time running back at the Power Five level if he wanted to as he’s difficult to bring down with the pigskin in his hands and knows how to find green grass. Has experience working both in the box and over the top. Ability to man-up and run with tight ends and most slot receivers suggests that his future is closer towards the line of scrimmage, but has the versatility to play a center field role, if needed. Picked off 19 passes and broke up 43 more in 51 career games at the varsity level. Most of the takeaways and PBUs were byproducts of how he can quickly read, diagnose and then get to the catch point. Described by his high school coaches as a film junkie, which isn’t surprising given the fact that he comes from a football family as brother, dad and uncle all played the game at a very high level. Will need to keep progressing and not get complacent, but has the makeup of a future star at a College Football Playoff regular given high IQ and technical skills. Likely to be a regular on special teams –and early on in career– with his mindset and tackling prowess. Should walk across the stage and shake hands with the NFL commissioner one day.

More Evaluations

  • Evaluated 02/27/2022 Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst Read
  • Evaluated 08/21/2021 Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst Read
  • Evaluated 08/18/2020 Charles Power National writer Read

Athletic Background

Multi-sport athlete that has also played basketball and baseball. Member of the National Honors Society. As an 11th grader, helped Mill Creek’s basketball team make Georgia’s AAAAAAA state tournament.
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2022: MaxPreps National Player of the Year and Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year. Made an impact in all three phases of the game a senior. Finished season with 57 carries for 389 rushing yards (6.8 ypc) and 20 TD, 36 catches for 422 yards (11.7 avg) and 3 TD, and completed 2 of 4 pass attempts for 39 yards and one TD. Recorded 83 tackles and 5 INTs (2 pick sixes) on defense. Played a major role in Mill Creek's 14-1 record and a AAAAAAA state championship.

2021: Two-way player. Scored five different ways over the course of the season (4 rushing TD, 2 receiving TD, 2 interception returns for TD, 1 kickoff return TD and also threw a TD pass). On defense, was credited with 77 tackles, 11 pass break ups and 5 INT. Also forced a fumble and recorded a sack. Helped Mill Creek post an 11-2 record in the Peach State's second-highest classification. MaxPreps Junior All-American first-team selection on defense and the Region 8-AAAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year.

2020: MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first-team selection on defense. Played both ways, carrying the ball 27 times for 175 yards and 3 TDs. Also caught 2 passes for 61 yards and a TD. Racked up 57 tackles on the other side of the ball.

2019: Started on varsity as a freshman and came down with 5 INTs.
-Andrew Ivins

Connections

  • Gary Downs Father

    A running back in the NFL that spent time with the New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons. Attended NC State where he was selected in the 3rd round of the 1994 NFL Draft. Currently coaching at East Tennessee State.

  • Josh Downs Brother

    A former All-American Bowl selection and Top247 wide receiver that signed with North Carolina. First team All-ACC as a sophomore in 2021 after catching 101 passes for 1,335 yards. Doubles as a punt returner.

  • Dre Bly Uncle

    Two-time Pro Bowl selection at CB and Super Bowl XXXIV champ that attended North Carolina where he currently serves as an assistant coach for the Tar Heels. Taken in second round of 1999 NFL Draft.

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