Caleb Receiving Big-Time Interest

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Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) has its biggest matchup of the 2010 season on Friday, when the Cavaliers take on L.C. Bird for first place in the Dominion district. Quarterback/defensive back Joel Caleb , already one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state’s 2012 class, has had his fingerprints all over Clover Hill’s 6-0 start.

The 6-3, 205-pound junior has completed 50 of 93 passes for 713 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. He has 78 carries for 421 yards as well.

“One thing that jumps out is his size,” Clover Hill head coach Sean O’Hare said. “He is 6-3, 205 pounds. For starters, his size puts him on the charts. He moves well. It’s kind of amazing, watching the Bird quarterback (Anthony Harris) and Joel because those two move a lot alike. They just slide and glide down the field. Another thing that separates Joel is that he is a great team player. He is confident, but he’s not cocky. He’s a great kid. He’s a great leader. His teachers like him. His classmates like him. His teammates like him.”

Harris, who played recreation league football with Caleb, sees the total package in his counterpart.

“He’s just a tough kid, mentally and physically,” Harris said. “He has a big frame. He can hurt you with his legs or his arm. But the biggest thing is he refuses to lose.”

Coach O’Hare sees potential at quarterback, but certainly Caleb’s combination of size and athletic ability could equate to a handful of positions on the college level.

“He’s just a junior and he’s developing so much as a quarterback,” O’Hare said. “If you ask Joel, he thinks he’s a receiver in college. I think he’s a dynamic quarterback because he’s a dual-threat. He can throw the football. He’s not just running the Wildcat. On defense, he is very dynamic. He closes fast. He picks off passes. He hits. Joel just loves playing the game.”

Maryland, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech are among at least 20 schools that have offered the talented athlete, who has taken in games at Virginia Tech and UVa this fall. This month, he attended Tech’s game against Central Michigan and UVa’s game versus North Carolina.

In terms of college favorites, “He has been very, very