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Joel Caleb likes the Mountaineers

1/11/2012

With every touchdown, Joel Caleb became more enchanted with West Virginia.

The four-star athlete prospect from Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill couldn't help envisioning himself in the same type of high-powered offense that helped the Mountaineers pound Clemson 70-33 in the Orange Bowl last week. The performance certainly made an impact on the top prospect in Virginia.

“I like West Virginia a whole lot,” Caleb said. “They obviously can score a lot of points, putting 70 up on Clemson in the bowl game. I like them because they spread the ball around.”

Caleb said he will take an official visit to Morgantown later this month. Signing with the Mountaineers would make a lot of sense. Caleb's high school team runs a spread offense and he expects to play receiver, which West Virginia uses plenty of.

“That could give me a chance to get on the field pretty early,” he said.

Caleb has taken official visits to Ohio State and Virginia Tech. He said he's been impressed with newly-hired Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer and appreciates the offerings in Blacksburg, namely good academics and a growing passing offense.

Aside from those three schools, Caleb said he is considering Georgia where he took an unofficial visit last summer.

For now, however, West Virginia is the talk of the four finalists.

“Man, they could have scored 100 points if they wanted to,” Caleb said. “I was very impressed with that.”

Caleb said he will announce his decision on national signing day on Feb. 1. Caleb was selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but couldn't play as he is recovering from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.