When it comes to recruits in the 2014 class, keep an eye on TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Christian). He already has offers from the SEC and ACC.
“It’s more humbling than anything,” Blazevich said. “I think more than anything it makes me work even harder. I am just so thankful. I thank God.”
Blazevich, 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, was first offered back in February.
“The first one came from North Carolina,” Blazevich said. “It was kind of crazy and I was really taken aback. Now I am getting to know those coaches and I really like the direction of the program. Coach [Larry] Fedora seems great and he’s a man with a lot of integrity. So far our relationship has been great, as it has with all those coaches there. They did some great things in Mississippi and I am very excited to see what they can do.”
Then came offers from Duke and South Carolina. Georgia offered Blazevich on Sunday.
“I didn’t even know Georgia knew about me,” Blazevich said. “They offered me last [Sunday] night. The only thing I really know about Georgia is that it can get kind of crazy in Athens and it’s a crazy place to play. I haven’t been there but I plan on going to a game this season. I don’t think I will be able to get there this summer.
“Duke and South Carolina are two great schools. South Carolina was the first SEC school to offer me so that was big. I really like coach [David] Cutcliffe. He has to be one of the top coaches in college football.”
It’s only the beginning for Blazevich. He said teams like Florida and Miami are also in hot pursuit.
“There are some others as well,” Blazevich said. “Oregon came by the school [Tuesday]. Georgia, Florida, Miami, South Carolina, Duke, North Carolina and some others have all come by the school already.”
Blazevich caught 32 passes last season for over 500 yards and six scores. He also recorded 69 tackles playing linebacker and defensive end. But tight end is his future. Since the season ended last fall he has put on 40 pounds.
“I have always been a receiver but now I am moving in the box,” Blazevich said. “My strengths are my hands and athleticism. I am physical but can really catch the ball well. It’s just a knack I have and really my greatest strength. I am used to playing wide receiver but now its tight end. It was an adjustment blocking but not too hard. The coaches always tell me they can teach me to block but they can’t teach me to be athletic.
“This offseason I put on 40 pounds and have the stretch marks to prove it.”
So Blazevich has another two seasons to work on his craft. That will give him plenty of time to figure out where he will take his tight end talents in college.
“I am going to follow my gut,” Blazevich said. “I am looking at the integrity of the coaches and how they will develop me as a player. I have to find the right fit and niche for me. I have to be comfortable. Of course there has to be a winning tradition. You have to have that in football.”