August 21, 2011

Did Georgia visit help Dawgs?

Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill athlete Joel Caleb was looking forward to his visit to the University of Georgia this weekend and said he wanted to get a feel for the coaches, the offense and to see how much love he was shown. How did it go?

"Man, it went really well," said the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder who is being recruited as a wide receiver. "They really rolled out the red carpet. Coach Ball is a good guy, we spent a lot of time together and he showed me a lot about the offense. I also got to spend some time with coach Richt and he's excited about the way things are turning around. I saw the campus, the stadium, everything. I got a really good feel for everything at Georgia on the trip."

Caleb, who named the Bulldogs as one of his final 10 last week, liked what he saw from the offense.

"I watched a practice, saw how the tempo was and how intense things were," he said. "I saw Aaron Murray make all his throws and saw the competition there. I feel really good I can play at that level and I like the kind of offense they run. I met some of the players as well and got to sit in the wide outs meeting before practice to see how coach Ball coaches. I liked everything about the visit from the area, the football all the way to the dining halls. It's a really nice campus."

Caleb, ranked as the No. 3 athlete in the country and No. 44 overall, said a return visit could happen.

"I saw so much that I don't even know if I need an official, but I might take one anyhow," he said. "It was that good. I've still got my 10 but now I am starting to see more schools and comparing things which is good. I'll probably start setting up a couple of official visits in the next two weeks. I wanted to get a good feel for everything down there and I did. It's also not too far from home. My mom went with me and she said it's not too close or too far, it's about a seven hour drive and she could make that to see me play. She was as impressed as I was."

On the way home, Caleb and his mom swung through Clemson, S.C. to see the campus of the Clemson Tigers.

"We saw the stadium and campus and everything," he said. "We didn't speak to any coaches or anything, we just drove through. I was told I'd either love it or hate it, but I think I love it. It was really nice, everything I saw. I was hoping to visit and see the coaches down there before my season starts, but that won't happen so I'll have to see if I can get down there."

In addition to Georgia and Clemson, Caleb has Florida, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia on his list. He has already seed the Tar Heels, Nittany Lions and Hokies and isn't sure of his officials yet.

"I'll figure that out soon," he said. "I know I won't be able to see them all so I have to make sure I see the schools I want to see."

Did Georgia push ahead with this visit?

"I don't have any leaders," he said. "I haven't seen as many schools as I want to see. But Georgia was really great and I was more impressed than I even expected."



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