Will Virginia Standout Visit Notre Dame?

Pulling players out of Virginia is not always an easy thing to do, but it hasn't kept Notre Dame from going after Clover Hill High's Joel Caleb. The Midlothian, Va., product holds more than four dozen offers.

Clover Hill High (Midlothian, Va.) athlete Joel Caleb holds more than 50 offers, and while he hasn't started to trim his list, his coach is advising him to take a strong look at Notre Dame.

Despite playing in an area that traditionally sends players to North Carolina or keeps them in state, the Irish are heavily involved with Caleb.

"They're in the mix," Clover Hill coach Sean O'Hare said. "I've talked to him about it being a storied program, and one of the best in the country. I think that's something he needs to consider. I feel a place like Notre Dame, he needs to take a visit there to see it."

Notre Dame's staff was at Clover Hill last week to check on in Caleb, who made first-team all-conference as a quarterback and safety as a junior. But there is a particular spot he wants to play in college.

"He thinks he's a receiver/slot type of kid," O'Hare said. "Defensively, they like him as a free safety or strong safety so he's involved in every play. He's not an ego kid, where he says you have to recruit me as a quarterback or not at all. But he thinks at the Division I level he can help the team most as a receiver."

Caleb threw for more than 1,300 yards and 20 scores, and he rushed for nearly 850 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior. He also returns kicks and is a menacing presence in the secondary.

"The biggest thing is he's 6-3, 215," O'Hare said. "He's a big kid, and he's very loose-hipped. I play him at quarterback because at the high school level you give the ball to your best kid. I'm not a rocket scientist, but I'm also not stupid. We play him at quarter back and free safety.

"He's one of those kids that creates 3,000 yards of offense a year, and on special teams he runs back at least two kickoffs and two punts a year, he blocks kicks. He's got 10 interceptions in three years. The biggest thing is he understands the game. He's a film kid."

And while Virginia Tech, Virginia and the Carolina schools fair well in the area (Midlothian is 15 miles west of Richmond), Caleb may have the personality to leave the area.

"He doesn't say a whole lot about what's going on," O'Hare said, "and I definitely don't think he's afraid to leave the area."

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