Varina lineman Caleb Gosney (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit804)
Caleb Gosney commits to ODU
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Less than a week after landing his first two Division I preferred walk-on opportunities from UVA and ODU, Varina’s Caleb “Goose” Gosney (2021 OL 6-3 295) decided to shut his recruitment down. Gosney verbally committed to the Monarchs Monday evening via Twitter. “It feels like a big relief,” stated Gosney. “I am glad I can focus solely on my classes, the spring season and getting myself ready for next fall.”
Gosney will have some familiar faces around him once he moves to Norfolk next fall. Former Blue Devil standouts Isiah Paige and Alonzo Ford are in their first year with the Monarchs. Having both Paige and Ford already in the program was one of the deciding factors that led Gosney to choose ODU.
“There were a few things that led me to commit to ODU. I like how close it is to home, I’ve had good contact with several members of the coaching staff, and I feel like I can make an impact down there. I’m also really looking forward to being teammates with Isiah and Alonzo once again.”
When Caleb and I spoke last week, he had stated that he intended to make his college commitment sometime during the spring. When asked what led him to make his decision earlier than he anticipated, Gosney stated, “This has been a very crazy year where things are constantly changing. I had been hoping to get this offer and when I got it, my family and I talked about it for a few days and I didn’t want to pass it up,” he explained.
He continued, “I really like what Coach Rahne is building at ODU and I had been hoping since last year that I could get an offer from ODU. They have a good program in what I want to study, and
when I got the offer, I was pretty sure that was where I wanted to go.”
Gosney was recruited to ODU by Coach Andrew Jackson, Mark Dupuis, and Kevin Reihner. “I’ve been in contact with several coaches there, but Coach Jackson and Coach Dupuis have been my main recruiting coaches. Coach Jackson, Dupuis, and Reihner believe I have the ability to come in and make an impact early on the offensive line.”
Caleb’s recruitment has been fun to watch unfold. Before UVA and ODU came calling for him last week, Gosney held offers to play from one Division II program (Bluefield College) and five Division III programs (Bridgewater, Christopher Newport, Randolph Macon, Shenandoah, and Averett). In a blink of an eye, Gosney has went from a D-II/D-III prospect to a Division I commit.
When asked what advice he would give to prospective recruits who are in the situation he was in a few months back, Gosney stated, “Don’t give up! Keep contacting coaches and pursue all options. The main thing is to continue to work hard and show the coaches that you’re improving. Virginia players don’t have game film from the fall, so find out what movements coaches want to see and make videos of yourself doing that.”
– Byron Jones