Virginia Tech offered Joel Caleb a little over halfway through his sophomore year, so certainly the Hokies have been in hot pursuit of Clover Hill’s star for some time. Persistence paid off today, when the 6’3″, 205-pound athlete signed a letter of intent with Frank Beamer’s program.
“After a long process, weighing the pros and cons of each school, today I’m announcing my decision to attend Virginia Tech,” Caleb said, donning a maroon Virginia Tech hat in front of a group of family, friends, coaches, faculty and fellow athletes assembled at the Midlothian (VA) high school.
The interest Virginia Tech’s staff showed from the start made a big impression. In the end, it proved to be an important factor in helping the Hokies land one of the state’s top 2012 class recruits.
“Just the fact that they wanted me, and they always showed that they wanted me,” Caleb said when asked what sparked his initial interest in Tech. He said he had strong interest in the Hokies throughout. “They were the school that recruited me the hardest.
“The coaching staff, they’ve had for I don’t know how many years. They’re not going nowhere. Coach Cavanaugh did a great job of starting off the recruiting process with me. Coach Shane (Beamer) did a wonderful job of reeling me in, so I couldn’t say no.”
When he first started considering his college future, Caleb had several thoughts in terms of what he was looking for in a school.
“Great program, obviously. Great academics. And somewhere I can trust. Somewhere I can feel like I’ll be part of the program. Good fan base. And just great people, and that’s what they have at Virginia Tech,” Caleb said.
Caleb collected over 20 scholarship offers from major FBS programs, but ultimately the decision came down to three: Ohio State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Ohio State was the first official visit destination, taking place on December 2. Tech was a week later, and the West Virginia trip occurred in January.
Caleb said he made his choice approximately two weeks ago, just after returning from Morgantown. He kept his decision quiet until last night.
“The hardest part was last night, when I had to call Ohio State and West Virginia and tell them I wasn’t going to...
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