MIDLOTHIAN, VA (WWBT) - There's a long line of college scouts that want to get their hands on Joel Caleb. Clover Hill Head Coach Sean O'Hare has him in his grasp now, and he's going to use him heavily while he does.
Caleb is the top rated recruit in the state. The 6'2", 205 lb senior plays quarterback and safety for the Cavaliers, but he's projected as a wide receiver at the next level. That's actually Caleb's choice - he played receiver as a freshman, and believes that's where he could be the most successful at the next level. A long list of suitors - including Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, and many others - agree.
But O'Hare is going to use him where he can be the most active. "If he played receiver for us, he'd get 10 touches a game," said O'Hare after the team's Tuesday practice. "For us to be successful, we need him to get 50 touches a game."
O'Hare lauds Caleb's ability to throw the ball, but also turn broken plays into big plays. That may happen a lot for the Cavaliers, as they have four new starters on the offensive line.
"The good news is we have a quarterback that's bigger than three of our lineman," said O'Hare. "The bad news is we have a quarterback that's bigger than three of our lineman."
The key for the Cavs to get back to the playoffs will be the maturation of that young line, and other playmakers like Tim Thaniel, to step up alongside Caleb.
Clover Hill has lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. It will be tougher for the Cavs to get there this year, as they make the move up to Division 6.
As for Caleb, he gets overwhelmed with recruiting calls, and he does is best to be respectful. But for the most part, he's ignoring them, and will not make any decision about his college future until after the Clover Hill season is over.
The Cavaliers open on September 9th against Prince George.