Caleb Cruz | Athlete | Class 2027
Putting work in during the off-season is no doubt important to success in sports, and even more so in football.
Athletes across the country prepare for their middle school and high school seasons by working out, training, or going to camps and showcases.
Midland, Texas class of 2027 athlete Caleb Cruz is a relentless prospect who has been working hard to make his name known.
Cruz is set to enter his eighth grade year at Abell Junior High in Midland. He describes himself as a “Swiss army knife” on the football field.
“I can play every skill position on the field,” Cruz said. “I have speed, toughness and smartness to play corner, safety, running back, or receiver.
“I can return kicks or punts and I can even be a gunner and make tackles on special teams.”
The summer for Cruz is also spent with track and field, where he runs in the 200 and 400 meter races as well as long jump and throwing shot put.
Cruz’s best time was a 53.9 in the 400 last year, and he had a throw of 40’3” in shot put.
“I think track & field is a must in sports because it truly pushes you and makes you grind like no other sport,” Cruz said. “It helps me develop my quick twitch muscles that I need for football.
“It helps me stay conditioned throughout the summer and leads me right into football season ready to go.”
If that’s not enough, Cruz also trains and works out with David Hernandez of Elite Pride Performance and DB guru Coach Flight in Dallas.
“I’m always trying to be the best and most versatile athlete on the field, I want to be able to play anywhere I’m needed,” Cruz said. “I am a team captain type of player and I always lead from the front.
“I am the hardest worker in the room and a true student of the game.”
That preparation and hard work has led to some recognition over the summer, too.
Cruz took home most valuable player award honors at both the Flex Zone 1v1 Camp and the Prep1 Under The Lights Camp. He also won DB MVP with Flex Zone.
Along with those camps, Cruz also at the D-Rob Camp and at Texas Tech’s High School Camp where he was constantly matching up with high school freshman and sophomores and holding his own.
Though he still has one more year of middle school, Cruz can’t help but to be excited for what’s ahead.
“I am looking forward to the Friday night lights,” Cruz said. “I’m from West Texas where that saying came from and I’m ready to put my name in the history books for Midland Lee (Legacy).
“I want to be known as one of the best players to come out of West Texas. I am looking forward to getting to play in front of my family and friends. Hopefully help put West Texas back in state playoff contention.”