High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Clover Hill

POY Potential: Top 5 Va. football recruits

September, 29, 2011
The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNU's recruit rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five football recruits as ranked by ESPNU are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Joel Caleb
File photo/ESPNHSJoel Caleb is Virginia's No. 1 senior recruit
1. Clover Hill High (Midlothian, VA) Quarterback Joel Caleb

  • ESPNU 150 rank: 79
  • Height: 6-foot-2
  • Weight: 205 pounds
  • College: Undecided
  • Testing results: 4.68 40-yard dash; 29.6 vertical jump
  • Traits: Versatility, playmaker, ball skills
  • ESPNU scouting report: "Caleb is an exceptional overall athlete on both sides of the ball with most of his production coming on offense as a dual-threat QB that is a dynamic running threat. His combination of size, strength and athleticism are amongst the best in the athlete category in the 2012 class. He plays QB here because you want the ball to start in his hands on every play, but we feel he projects as a wide receiver or more likely a safety prospect with a physical, punishing mentality."

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