In the middle of the day Friday, the Hokies got a commitment that, while not exactly a surprise, was definitely interestingly timed. After setting his decision date at June 11th, QB/ATH Caleb Farley decided to end his commitment by giving the go signal to the good guys. Farley becomes the second offensive commitment, and joins what is now a six-member class. He is also the second commitment from North Carolina, following Hendon Hooker.
All indications are that Farley is recruited as a receiver- Hooker's the pure QB for this class. It's interesting to note, however, that James Shibest was his recruiter, and not Holmon Wiggins. Farley has, per 247, offers from Ohio, Old Dominion, and Wake Forest. He is unranked by Scout, ESPN, and Rivals, but has a 3-Star ranking from 247. It's likely a function of the fact that he played all over the field over his career, and a very general athlete like that can scare away attention. Maiden High School, where he plays, also has only produced two players that Rivals has ranked since the class of 2002, so it's an off-the-radar school.
On to the tape:
Caleb Farley (Maiden, NC. 180lbs, 6'-3". Athlete)
Well, good news is that Farley has zero fear at all. He'll take off running right into the teeth of the defense and weave his way in and out of trouble like it's no big deal. Coach Fuente's also correct in that the kid's sure fast- you can see him blaze through small holes to escape tackles. I do like the shiftiness- anyone with a decent stop-and-go move makes an interesting receiving target, as that creates separation. Obviously the fact that we can't see him do receiving work isn't terribly helpful. If he comes in as a receiver, he's likely to be redshirted. That's mostly to learn routes and improve his hands and understanding of field dynamics from that angle. But Farley's definitely worth the time as a project- and the young depth we're building lessens the pressure to play him straight away, anyhow.
Welcome to the #Statement17, Caleb! Enjoy Blacksburg!