Caleb Stacey, a 6'4" 280 pound lineman from Oak Hills in Cincinnati (OH), is a self described tough guy on the field that helped Oak Hills set some new school records.
"I would say he's a tough kid on the field and definitely plays with
passion," Stacey said of his game on the gridiron. "I could definitely tell
he wants to win and plays hard every play and never quits. Personally I set
the school record for knockdowns in a game and a season. I had 21 in a
game. That was good. Also personally, I made first team all conference. As
a team we didn't have as good a season as we wanted, but we accomplished a
lot. We set a lot of school records. We set the all time rushing a
That has led to some early offers, including an explosion of recent
"I have three from the MAC from Ohio, Toledo and Bowling Green," Stacey said
of his recruitment. "In about two weeks I had Wake Forest, Boston College,
Illinois, N.C. State and West Virginia."
The early recruitment has Stacey excited in the early process.
"It's been great. I like getting to know the coaches and getting out there
for junior days and visits. I sat down and figure in the next month or two
and I'd like to make my decision before my senior season starts."
One school that hasn't yet extended a scholarship offer, but has put in the
early recruiting effort have been the Michigan Wolverines, with linebackers
coach Mark Smith leading the early charge.
"I have been on the phone with Coach Smith and when I got back from a
vacation they had sent me a letter with his card and envelope and a hand
written letter that said we'd love for you to come up to Michigan and in Ann
Arbor and they look forward to seeing me."
Should the Wolverines pick up the intensity of Stacey's recruitment, they
would stand a great chance of landing the large road grater.
"I would definitely consider Michigan. I know they win a lot of football
games and when choosing my college I see that. At the next level I want to
be on a winning team, I've never been on one in high school. I want to win
championships. I feel that Michigan could be a contender again. I know a
lot about them actually. I know they are the most winning team in college
football. I like what Michigan does and I like the new coaching staff, and
my coach actually knows them."
While the Wolverines haven't set up any official junior days or anything of
the nature, they would like Stacey on campus as soon as he can.
"They just really said get up when you can and to give them a call and
they'll take me around the campus and the university and stuff like
in the next month or so (Stacey will visit Ann Arbor). I have West
Virginia's junior day coming up and Illinois' after that. Probably some
time after March 5th, I'll get up there."
With a decision wanted before his senior season starts, Stacey will still
not rush into a premature decision.
"Definitely," Stacey said of doing his homework on schools. "I want to
weigh everything that's best for me and for my family. I'm not going to
rush in my decision, but when I start taking my visits and when I know I'll
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