December 1, 2010
Big 2012 visitor enjoys trip to VT
Virginia Tech had some big visitors on campus this past weekend for the regular season finale victory over Virginia. Amongst them was a top prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.
"It was a really good visit," Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill junior athlete Joel Caleb said. "There were a lot of recruits up there, I think the game was sold out. Tech kind of blew them out and I left at the beginning of the fourth quarter. It was just me and my family up there."
Caleb had been to one other game this season against Central Michigan and came away thinking this game was different.
"The Virginia game was different because it's an in-state rivalry," he said. "It was a lot more exciting with the atmosphere and crowd was really into the game this time. It was packed for the Central Michigan game, but this one was full, there were no empty seats."
He went on about the game.
"Virginia Tech has really got a good defense," he said. "Tyrod Taylor looked good at the quarterback spot and the receivers were making plays for him. David Wilson is real."
Prior to the game, Caleb was able to check out the newly finished facilities.
"The new locker room looked good and the players lounge too. They just finished that," he said. "It wasn't built last time I was there. It's really nice. I was kind of impressed by how big the locker room was and there were TVs everywhere."
In addition, Caleb got plenty of time with his recruiter, Jim Cavanaugh.
"I talked to Coach Cav," he said. "It was no different this time, he just mentioned to me how they are going to recruit me as an athlete."
Overall it was another good experience for the top junior.
"It was a good game, Virginia came out and stuck with them for a minute, but Virginia Tech took over the game."
Caleb claims no other visits are scheduled for the foreseeable future.
Caleb recently wrapped up his season with a 9-1 record.
"I think we ended up with a good team," he said. "We could have done better, now we just have to get ready for next year and hope we can do better.
"I was first team all-district quarterback and first team all-district defensive back. I threw for about 1,000-yards and I feel like I improved passing the ball. On defense, I improved too. I moved from cornerback to safety and I was better at identifying routes and everything."
At the moment, Caleb claims somewhere in the range of 30 offers. What does he think of all the interest?
"That's really big," he said. "I'd say it's surprising that, that many schools have come in."
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