February 4, 2009
Caleb Massey, of Sulligent, Ala., honored his commitment and signed a scholarship this morning to play football at Troy University.
The Sulligent High School quarterback and safety signed with Troy at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of the national signing period after verbally committing three weeks ago.
"I''m excited and everybody at my school is excited because it''s a good thing," Massey said of signing with Troy.
Massey led Sulligent to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 2A state championship game and a 12-3 record his senior season.
Offensively, he completed 126 of 245 passes for 2,587 yards and 34 touchdowns with only six interceptions, and he rushed 154 times for 1,101 yards and 17 touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, he was fourth on the team with 82 tackles. He also had nine interceptions to lead the team and he recovered a fumble.
"They''re getting a top-caliber player that I think some SEC schools are missing out on," Sulligent coach Dwight Bowling said in praising Massey. "I think he''s definitely a blue-chip player. Troy thinks the same thing. They think they have gotten a gem, that they stepped in and got one others missed."
Massey chose Troy after not being recruited by Alabama. He grew up an Alabama fan.
"That doesn''t matter because they go after the big-time players and my school is so small that I didn''t think they''d offer me," Massey said of Alabama. "It wasn''t that big of a deal to me."
Massey said he is happy with his choice of signing with Troy.
The Troy Trojans were 8-5 with losses to Southern Miss, LSU, Oklahoma State and Ohio State this past season.
"I felt like it wasn''t that far from home," Massey said. "I feel like it will be a good fit for me. I''ll probably get to play early.
"I like the campus. They have a very good program with a lot of exposure."
Massey said Troy recruited him as a safety, but he may get a chance to play quarterback.
"They said they''d try me out (at quarterback) and see how I do," Massey said. "The head coach (Larry Blakeney) said he saw film that I could throw it a little bit so he''s thinking about trying me out at quarterback."
Massey broke his foot in the third quarter of the state championship game against Leroy, but his foot has healed and he''s playing on Sulligent''s basketball team.
"I''m doing fine," Massey said. "I''m playing basketball now. My stamina is not quite where it needs to be, but it''s getting there."
Massey was also considered a prospect in basketball, but he said he hasn''t gotten any scholarship offers in basketball.
But Massey said he prefers to play football instead of basketball in college.
"I like football," Massey said. "That''s something I love to do and want to do for the next four years.
"I just like to hit people. When you get angry you can''t take it out on somebody in basketball. In football you can take out your anger by hitting somebody."
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