Caleb Eying Return to UNC

Joel Caleb may be among the recruits on hand for North Carolina's Spring Game on Saturday.

"I'm supposed to be going to the spring game this weekend, but I'm not really sure yet," Caleb said. "I'll know [for sure] soon, because I have a field trip with school. If I do miss the spring game, it would be because of that."

Caleb, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete from Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill, previously visited UNC last November for the Virginia Tech football game.

"I enjoyed the campus," Caleb said. "I see that they're building an addition to their stadium. The coaches really invited me in. I really like Coach [Butch] Davis; it seems like he's really turning the program around."

During last football season, UNC verbally offered Caleb a scholarship. At last count, a total of 27 schools have offered him, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, and Virginia Tech.

Caleb stars at quarterback for Clover Hill, where he passed for 1,343 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for 843 yards and eight scores as a junior. He also had two interceptions while playing spot duty at defensive back.

"A lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Caleb said. "I tell all the schools that I talk to that I would like the chance to play wide receiver. In high school, I have the ball in my hands a lot – I love to have the ball in my hands. I would rather have somebody throw me the ball, instead of throwing somebody the ball. I just like making plays."

Caleb has had a couple conversations with Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach, where he discussed how he'd like to use Caleb.

"[Williams] said he really likes me as a wide receiver," Caleb said. "He told me he watches my film all the time and he really likes me, because he sees me as a big target as a receiver. "

Besides UNC, Caleb has made visits to Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He plans to return to both Maryland and Virginia Tech for their spring games, and make visits to several other schools that have offered him.

Caleb doesn't claim any favorite schools.

"I'm just trying to get out there and see a little bit more," Caleb said. "I'll probably know a little bit in a month. I'm trying to narrow it down now."

Coaching staffs will be the most important factor in Caleb's recruitment.

"I want someone I can feel comfortable around, I trust in, and somebody I can feel like is family," Caleb said.

Caleb's older brother, Brandon, played wide receiver for Oklahoma and will graduate from the school in a month. Having gone through the recruiting process, he has offered Caleb advice on how to handle it.

"He told me that everybody will tell me what I want to hear," Caleb said. "He said just go with what you feel most comfortable with and where you feel you can make the biggest impact."

Caleb, who plans on taking all five of his official visits before making a verbal commitment, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He's considering announcing his collegiate decision during that game or waiting until Signing Day.

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