Clover Hill’s Caleb Talks Recruiting

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Joel Caleb , already well established as one of the top 2012 class prospects in the state of Virginia, has received around 20 scholarship offers including top out-of-state offers such as Florida and Ohio State. The 6-3, 210-pound junior is only in the beginning stages of figuring out where he will spend his college career, but he enters the process with good advice from his older brother.

“[Former Fork Union Prep and Oklahoma Sooners standout Brandon Caleb] just told me to listen to what everybody has to say,” Caleb said. “A lot of things are going to sound good to me. He told me to go with what I feel comfortable with.”

Recruiting certainly figures to be a big part of Caleb’s life over the course of the coming months, but it’s not his top priority right now.

“I’m just trying to make sure I hit the weight room and the other guys hit the weight room. I’m lifting hard and going hard all the time,” Caleb said. “I have to teach the younger kids.”

Cavaliers head coach Sean O’Hare said, “He is serious about taking care of his academics. He has been taking the SAT. He is in a SAT class. He’s getting that stuff taken care of early. Then, there is the lifting part. He enjoys being in the weight room. As a sophomore, he was 6-2, 175 pounds. As a junior, he got up to 6-3, 205 pounds. He’s about 212 pounds now. He’ll easily be 215 by the start of next season.”

Caleb began his high school career at wide receiver before moving to quarterback for his sophomore and junior seasons. He has potential at quarterback, where as a junior he totaled 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns in guiding Clover Hill to a second consecutive playoff appearance, but he wants to be on the receiving end of passes on the next level.

“I want to play wide receiver. I like having the ball in my hands,” said the first-team Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro selection, who adds that most schools are recruiting him with the “athlete” label.

Visit-wise, Caleb has seen Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He will attend Virginia Tech’s junior day on February 26, and he intends on heading to Maryland for its junior day as well. No other visits have been scheduled at this time, but don’t be