Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) finished with an 8-3 overall record last season and, led by one of the top juniors in the state, should be competitive once again next season. Joel Caleb , a 6-2, 180-pound sophomore quarterback/defensive back, totaled 1,837 yards of offense – 1,151 yards rushing and 686 yards passing – in guiding the Cavaliers to a playoff berth in 2009.
“He’s very athletic and he’s got the size to go with it,” Clover Hill head coach Sean O’Hare said of Caleb, who also had 20 total touchdowns (11 rushing and nine passing). “He’s a little over 6-2, 185 pounds right now. He has a great handle for things out there, which allowed him to do well at quarterback for us. He is mentally and physically mature for his age.”
Projecting to the next level, Caleb has potential at a number of different positions. Could quarterback be one?
“For us, we want to snap it to the best athlete we have as many times as we can,” O’Hare said. “That’s got a lot to do with why he plays quarterback for us. He is throwing well too, though. As far as what the big schools want him for, he can do a lot of different things. He is also a very good defensive player. If he was a wide receiver, he would be our best wide receiver. If he was a tailback, he’d be our best tailback. Plus, he has two more years to develop.”
Defensively, Caleb picked off three passes for 102 return yards and one score last season. And he averaged 22.2 yards per kick return. Caleb’s versatility and ability has attracted inquiries from top local programs including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He was one of two sophomores at a February 27 Prospect Day at Virginia Tech, which has verbally offered.
“There is a lot of interest in him,” O’Hare said. “I’m sure there will be several official offers. Pretty much at this point, college coaches say they are interested and will be back in September.
“Coach Beamer happened to stop by. Coach Hanson from UVa talked with me. Coach Bratton from Maryland talked about him. I’ve been contacted a lot to send film, so I’m in the process of doing that now. Everybody that has seen film likes what they see. He is taking care of his grades, so I think he’ll be a pretty good prospect.”
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