Varsity Preps

Caledonia (Miss.) Two-way Lineman Is On The Rise

A slew of offers went out to underclassmen all around the country this spring and more are sure to follow throughout the summer and the fall. One player to keep an eye on is Caledonia (Miss.) junior-to-be guard Cody Cliett.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound First-Team All-Region selection, who starts both ways for the Confederates, picked up his first offer last week from Faulkner University (Montgomery Ala.) and is expecting more schools to jump on board this summer.

“Last year as a first-year starter, I led the offensive line,” Cliett said. “I was compared a lot to Barrett Jones, how he’s a second coach or second quarterback out there. I know everybody’s roles. I basically had that leadership role as a sophomore.”

Cliett averaged over five pancakes a game and held his own against Houston’s (Miss.) Chris Jones, a Mississippi State signee and Under Armour All-American.

“I was going into it thinking I’m not going to let him get the best of me,” Cliett said. “He’s ranked in the top five defensive ends in the country, so if I go against him, I can go against anybody.”

The two-way starter is one of the strongest 4A players in the state, and he’s still growing. His versatility is also an advantage.

“I play basketball and I power-lift,” Cliett said. “I’m currently ranked fifth in the state in power-lifting as an underclassmen – I bench 330, I squat 550, and dead-lift 500, and I play power forward on varsity.”

So far, Cliett has received interest from MississippiState, West Alabama and Ouachita Baptist. In early June he also took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss.

“The offensive line coach told me he really liked me,” Cliett said. “He liked what he saw and my technique and all of that. He said how I use my hands and my aggressiveness off of the ball, the first initiating punch.”

Jason Forrester, who coaches the offensive line at Caledonia, is looking for Cliett to build on last year’s breakout season this fall.Cliett

“He likes my aggressiveness and how I have violent hands coming off the ball,” Cliett said. “That’s how he describes them, and he likes how I play until the whistle blows.”

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