• Alabama
  • Alabama Crimson Tide
    Hard Commit - 7/27/2022

Caleb Downs

  • Pos S
  • Height 6-0
  • Weight 185

Prospect Info

  • High School Mill Creek
  • City Hoschton, GA
  • Class 2023

Player Rating

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98

247Sports Composite®

0.9944

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3 evaluations

Evaluated 02/27/2022

Andrew Ivins
Andrew Ivins Southeast Recruiting Analyst

Projection

First Round

Comparison

Justin Reid Houston Texans

The type of prospect that checks off all the right boxes. Always looks to be one step ahead of others. Athletic enough to get across the field and erase a touchdown, but also physical enough to come down hill and meet a running back in the A or B gap. Smooth and in control while in reverse as he keeps eyes in the backfield. Quick to trigger. Plants his cleats and drives towards the football better than most his age. Takes the right angles while in pursuit and has a few tricks to shed blocks once he meets traffic. Has experience working out of a variety of different coverages and has shown that he can be rather effective as slot defender in certain situations. Owns a high football IQ, which likely stems from his film study habits as he likes to watch cut up after cut up and identify trends. Viewed by his high school coaches as not only a team leader, but also a winner and someone that is going to do whatever it takes to elevate the play of those around him. Added almost 30 pounds of muscle between freshman and senior seasons and is now hovering right around 190 pounds. Will need to keep progressing and not get complacent, but should be viewed as one of the top safeties and overall prospects in the 2023 cycle given instincts, physical play style and ability to change directions. Will provide immediate special teams value at the next level and likely isn’t going to need much time to get adjusted to the speed of the game on Saturdays. Has the makeup of a future star for a College Football Playoff contender. Should play on Sundays like his father and uncle did if everything comes together.

More Evaluations

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

Athletic Background

Multi-sport athlete (basketball, baseball). Member of the National Honors Society. As a junior, helped Mill Creek’s basketball team make Georgia’s AAAAAAA state tournament.

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.

Skills

  • - Instincts 10
  • - Playmaking 10
  • - Versatility 9
  • - Tackling 9
  • - Cover Skills 8
  • - Ball Skills 8
  • - Speed 8
  • - Frame 8

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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Year
2021
2020
2019
TOTAL
Tck TFL Sck PBU FF Int
77 2 1 11 1 5
57 - - 14 - 4
52 4 - 8 - 5
186 6 1 33 1 14
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