Clover Hill (Midlothian, VA) rising senior Joel Caleb is down to 10. ACC, Big East, Big 10 and SEC schools remain in contention for the 6’3″, now close to 220-pound athlete, the top-ranked player in TSL’s initial in-state Top 40 for 2012.
“He does have a top 10,” Clover Hill head coach Sean O’Hare said. “I told him he has to get to a top 10 before he can get to a top 5. Now, he’s got the top 10.”
The finalists include Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Caleb is not expected to commit to one of these schools any time soon.
“He’s not interested in making a decision until Signing Day in February. If he did commit early, it would be at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio,” O’Hare said.
“I’m pretty sure he will take all his visits. He wants to get a feel for each school. I had the opportunity to talk to him about it. His top 10, they are all great education-wise. They all have great facilities and great football.”
Caleb, who has visited Virginia Tech several times, likes the stability of the Hokies coaching staff.
“They were all very good visits,” O’Hare said. “The coaching staff there is great. He’s a smart kid. He loves the consistency of the program. He’s very aware of what’s going on and has made comments to me before, saying he wants the coach who is recruiting him to be there while he is playing. Adding up the years of experience at Virginia Tech, only maybe Penn State can match it. Those guys have been there a long time.”
A dynamic playmaker at quarterback, Caleb racked up 2,156 yards and 28 touchdowns last season as a junior. He also plays free safety for the Cavaliers, but offense is where he wants to stay in college. Specifically, Caleb sees himself as a wide receiver on the next level.
“Most are recruiting him as an athlete. His comfort level at the next level is receiver,” O’Hare said. “That’s...
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