Maiden (N.C.) star athlete and recent Virginia Tech commitment Caleb Farley has demonstrated his athleticism and playmaking ability the past two seasons, totaling 3,081 yards rushing, 2,854 yards passing, and 66 touchdowns as the Blue Devils’ starting quarterback. The 6’3”, 180-pound rising senior’s explosive athletic ability is evident on the gridiron but also the basketball court, which you can see for yourself here…
Wide receiver is not a position Farley has played extensively on the high school level; however, at the Rivals Camp Series in Charlotte (N.C.) this month he impressed with the following reception…
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It’s easy to see this promising prospect lining up as a wide receiver during his career at Virginia Tech. Farley, though, says head coach Justin Fuente recruited him initially for another position.
“They want me and are recruiting me to play quarterback,” Farley wrote in a Twitter direct message.
Prior to Farley’s commitment, Virginia Tech had scored a class of 2017 commitment from a Greensboro (N.C.) native in dual-threat quarterback Hendon Hooker. Farley knows of the Dudley star’s commitment and is excited to compete with him at quarterback once they reach Blacksburg. In addition to Hooker and potentially Farley, Virginia Tech is expected to have Jerod Evans (SR), Dwayne Lawson (JR), and Joshua Jackson (RS FR or SOPH) on the quarterback depth chart in 2017.
“Hendon is my future teammate and apart of the Hokie family, but he better be ready to compete ‘cause I am not a push over to anyone,” wrote Farley.
Farley made strides in his quarterback play from his sophomore to his junior seasons. He completed 46.7-percent of his 165 passes as a sophomore, throwing 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. As a junior he completed 54.6-percent of his 216 passes while throwing for 1,854 yards with 20 touchdowns and 13 picks.
Whatever position he ends up playing, Farley relishes the opportunity to play for Fuente in a potentially high-octane offense.
“I love coach Fuente’s offensive mindset. He wants his athletes to go out and be athletes,” Farley wrote. “I have always had that do-whatever-you-need-to-do-to-score mindset, and so does coach Fuente.”
The day he committed was “a great day,” Farley wrote. “There is a weight that has been lifted off my shoulders now. I can focus on winning this state championship.”
Ohio, Old Dominion, and Wake Forest also offered Farley, who was planning to commit on June 11. An earlier commitment came as a bit of a surprise, but obviously a welcome one to Virginia Tech.
“I knew that Virginia Tech was home so I felt no need to wait any longer,” Farley wrote when asked why he committed before June 11.
“I got a genuine vibe from all the coaches. I truly feel as if they believe in my game and will give me an opportunity to show it.”
Farley does not plan on enrolling early at Virginia Tech, but he says that could change.