February 01, 2012
For a long time the speculation has been that Joel Caleb was a Virginia Tech lean. On Wednesday the four-star athlete proved the rumor mill is sometimes right.
Caleb, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound athlete from Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill, selected the Hokies on Wednesday, ending all of the speculation about where he will end up in the fall.
Before announcing for Virginia Tech, Caleb had also seriously considered offers from Ohio State and West Virginia. He visited all three schools in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day but opted to stay close to home with the school that has been on him for a long time.
"I felt very comfortable at Virginia Tech," he said. "They always made me feel welcome, coach Cavanaugh started it off with me and coach (Shane) Beamer reeled me in. But I like all the staff and I think it's the best fit for me. I'm happy with my choice."
Once ranked the top prospect in the state it's not as though Caleb has taken a huge tumble. He still holds down the No. 3 spot and is one of the most impressive athletes in the region. If he finds his niche the sky is the limit and don't be surprised to see him on the field early making an impact for Frank Beamer's program.
"I chose Virginia Tech because I feel like it is a good fit for me in many ways," said Caleb. "They lost two wide receivers and they will have three seniors next year so I think its perfect timing. I think I can make an early impact there."
Over the course of the recruiting process Caleb had also reeled in offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others. In the end Virginia Tech beat out Ohio State while West Virginia finished third.
He is ranked the No. 7 athlete and the No. 84 overall prospect on the Rivals250.
- Mike Farrell, Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst