February 12, 2009

Lavey Impressed by BU

One of the most productive players in the history of the Baylor program has been linebacker Joe Pawelek. Pawelek finished second in the Big 12 in tackles and interceptions last season, and one of the biggest tasks for the Bears over the next year is to find someone who may be able to take over for him after he graduates. Celina, Tx linebacker Caleb Lavey is a player that the Bears may look at as his eventual replacement. At 6-4, 220lbs Lavey is already a big player on the field, but over the past few months he's become a big name in recruiting.

"I'm enjoying every second of it, said Lavey. "It's a little overwhelming at times, but it's given me an opportunity to look over the different options before me, and how much god has blessed me. I'm just trying to see what place is best for me."

"There aren't any schools that I'm mainly focusing on," said Lavey. "I'm just looking at all of them and then I'll narrow it down."

Celina may be a small town in north Texas, but the junior linebacker has been hearing from a lot of big schools. Lavey already holds offers from Notre Dame, Stanford, Arizona, Arkansas, Duke, and a few other Big 12 schools. Baylor hasn't extended an offer to Lavey, but they've invited him to their junior day later this month, and would like to bring him on campus to show him what they have to offer.

"They've shown that they have interest in me," said Lavey. "One of the coaches actually came down to our field house to watch us practice recently. Other than that I've just been getting letters from them."

"They invited me a little late so I think I already have plans," said Lavey about Baylor's junior day. "Even if I can't make it to the junior day, I do plan on visiting there later on down the road."

Baylor's reputation on the football field and in the classroom has already interested the Celina linebacker. If the Bears end up extending an offer to him, Lavey indicated that Baylor would be a school that he'd strongly consider.

"I have a lot of respect for Baylor," said Lavey. "They're great both in football and academically. I think I might be visiting there later on in the spring so I can get a closer look at their facilities and talk with the coaches. I'm really excited about Baylor."

Playing football is what Lavey loves to do, but when he makes his decision later this year it will be with his academic future in mind. The academic advantage the Baylor has over other schools in the conference will be key for them if they try to land his commitment.

"Academics are the absolute main concern for me," said Lavey. "I'm playing football to get a good education and to have my classes paid for. Other than that I just look for where I feel most comfortable. Playing time and bowl games may weigh in, but mainly it's just where I fit in."

Committing early has become a trend in modern day recruiting, and although Lavey has enjoyed the process thus far, he'd like to decide on a school before his senior season.

"I will definitely try not to go into my senior year without committing," said Lavey. "My team comes first. I'm still a part of them, and they come first before recruiting. I want to be able to focus on my team and hopefully win another state championship."

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