ESPN Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) named his top six schools on Twitter last week. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior is one of the most coveted targets in the Class of 2014 and that news left 17 programs with lumps of coal in their recruiting stockings.
“It is Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ole Miss,” Blazevich said.
The Rebels would not have made the cut had Blazevich decided to trim the list before the football season.
“My mother’s entire side of the family went there,” Blazevich said. “And even after they offered I said, ‘Dad, I am not going to Ole Miss. They are not good. I am not going there -- I don’t like it there. I don’t even want to consider it.’ He told me, ‘Jeb, Just keep them on the list for your grandpa.’ … Then I saw all these five-star recruits going there. I looked back at their season and started doing some research and I realized, ‘Dang, these guys are good.’ So it turned out from being a family political move to being a school that I love for me and this might me a place I want to go for me.”
Here are Blazevich’s thoughts on the other five finalists:
Alabama: “Alabama football is a well-oiled machine and they are going to be the best in the nation year in and year out. I think it is a great opportunity and I am just trying to decide if I want to jump on board and be part of that. It is a machine with a lot of small gears that are replaceable, so no matter what, they are going to win.”
Clemson: “I think the great thing that they offer is the family aspect. They play ACC teams which is a hang-up for some guys, but I feel that Clemson plays at such a high level. Coach [Danny] Pearman coached Dwayne Allen and has a lot of years under his belt and a lot of good coaching jobs. It feels comfortable -- you go there and you just feel comfortable for some reason. I don’t know what it is. That is what a lot of other guys are saying too.”