Lavey Gathering Offers

After notching over 400 tackles already in his short career, you would think nothing could apparently take this coveted middle linebacker by surprise. However after a junior day Lavey recieved an unexpected offer that has him considering new options.

Many in football call the middle linebacker position the quarterback of the defense. Not only does the position call many of the plays at the line of scrimmage, but the middle linebacker is in the middle of the action on every play whether it's a run between the tackles, a sweep to the outside, or a pass. Thus, college coaches look for prospects with a combination of playmaking instincts, speed, and strength. With over 400 tackles so far in his high school career to go along with his 6-foot-4, 218 pound frame and 4.56 forty speed, Celina junior middle linebacker Caleb Lavey fits that mold.

"I have a good nose for the ball and good vision to see what is developing," Lavey said. "My sideline-to-sideline speed is pretty good, so I'm fast enough to chase down the outside play, but I'm big enough to take on blockers and runners between the tackles."

In 2008 alone, Lavey registered nearly 200 tackles, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. College coaches are taking notice. The Celina product already holds offers from Arkansas, TCU, and Texas Tech and is hearing a lot from Texas, OU, LSU, Florida, and Baylor. His fourth offer came on Saturday while attending the Texas A&M junior day event.

"At lunch, I met with Coach Sherman and he said that he liked how I played and how I carried myself with a quiet confidence," Lavey said. "Then while I was at the game, Coach Sherman called me back over and he offered me a scholarship. I knew A&M was interested, but the offer caught me by surprise."

While Coach Sherman and the Texas A&M coaching staff like Lavey as a middle linebacker prospect, the feeling is mutual after Saturday's event. The junior recruit enjoyed his conversations with the coaches and now has the Aggies under serious consideration.

"Coach Sherman is a good man and after talking to him I'm convinced he'll turn it around at A&M," Lavey said. "He's experienced and has a vision for the program. I have a lot of respect for him."

Lavey also had a chance to meet with Coach Joe Kines and the other linebacker prospects where he received some insight into the type of linebackers Texas A&M is recruiting under this staff.

"Coach Kines made it very clear that he's looking for team leaders who can make plays," Lavey said. "He wants hard-nosed players that won't be afraid to get physical. That's the type of player I am."

On a scale of 1-10, Lavey gave his junior day experience at Texas A&M a "9". The Celina native has plans to visit junior days at Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, and possibly Baylor, and then he may start to narrow his choices.

"I don't have a leader right now. A&M showed me a lot and they are definitely much higher on my list now," Lavey said. "But I still want to see other schools and I may want to go back to A&M again before I start getting serious about making a decision."

Lavey is hopeful that he'll make a selection before his senior year so he can give 100% focus to his teammates at Celina for his senior season.




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