October 11, 2010

Hokies impress big 2012 visitor

The Hokies had a number of visitors on campus for the win over Central Michigan. One of the biggest ones on campus was a 2012 prospect that took in his first game at Virginia Tech.

"I really enjoyed it, I liked the atmosphere," Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill 2012 athlete Joel Caleb said. "I just liked being up there. I loved their facilities and they just welcomed me with open arms."

Caleb arrived on campus around 8 a.m. and toured the facilities for a bit.

"I really liked them, the weight room is big," he said. "I saw the practice field and locker room, all of it was impressive."

Of course, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder met with a number of the coaches including Frank Beamer.

"I talked to most of the coaches, they just told me they enjoyed having me up and they look forward to me coming back for more games," he said. "They didn't really get into recruiting, they just said they were really interested.

"As for my talk with Coach Beamer, that went well. He didn't go into anything too deep, he just asked me if I liked what I was seeing up there and things like that."

A big part of the visit was for the game, which was his first in Blacksburg.

"That was my first time going to a game at Tech, it was really exciting, planes flew overhead and the cannons went off," he said. "I just felt really at home, I just liked the atmosphere.

"The game was really good. They (Virginia Tech) came out really strong and there was a lot of fan support there."

So, where did the visit put the Hokies now?

"I'm not really sure, that's really the only school I've seen," he said. "I've been to Virginia and Maryland too. I really liked Tech though, I don't think I've seen enough to know who I like."

Next up for Caleb is a trip to Virginia this weekend when they host North Carolina. The versatile prospect has no other visits set at this time.

On the recruiting front, Caleb knows of offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech, and added plenty of other schools are coming in as well.

"I've heard I've got more offers, but I don't know who they are," he said. "I've been getting mail from Wisconsin, UCLA, California, North Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, Michigan, West Virginia and Texas A&M."

On the season, Caleb has led Clover Hill to a 5-0 record.

"The season is going really well," he said. "I feel like I'm doing really good especially at the quarterback position. I've really improved from last year with how I'm passing the ball and I'm seeing the field better.

"On defense I'm doing really well too. I think I have one or two picks already."

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