Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Top-10 TE Blazevich ready to decide
By Dave Hooker
Just a year ago, Jeb Blazevich of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian was a self-described average receiver. Now scouts describe him as one of the top tight ends in the nation.
In fact, Blazevich is the No. 90 overall prospect in the ESPN 150 and the No. 3 receiving tight end. Average? Not any longer.
It seemed a long shot for Blazevich, who will announce his college decision Tuesday at 4:40 p.m. ET on ESPNU, to achieve such heights when he toured the many schools he visited in spring 2012. Blazevich wasn't well-known at most college camps -- that is, until the drills began.
ESPN 150 TE Jeb Blazevich will announce his college decision Tuesday on ESPNU.
There aren't many tight ends with Blazevich's combination of size and athleticism. The "average receiver" has shown considerable ability to get downfield and catch passes at several camps.
In little more than one offseason after his sophomore year, Blazevich gained 40 pounds by eating most anything in sight. Then he started to catch the eye of almost every college recruiter in the nation.
"It's crazy," he said following a camp last spring. "Before spring, nobody knew my name."
Gaining that weight was a laborious process. Unlike many Americans, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect doesn't really like to eat, but he credits his mother for stocking the refrigerator with plenty of motivation.
"I ate my heart out," Blazevich said during his spring tour last year. "I ate, like, five full meals a day. I want to thank my dear Mama, because she fed me."
There were countless peanut butter sandwiches and chicken strips for snacks during class, and the Blazevich kitchen regularly smelled like hamburgers.
"There was nothing fun to eat, but I ate a lot of chicken," Blazevich said. "I got those Tyson chicken strips, cut them up and just eat them throughout the day. I would eat two pounds of chicken throughout class. I hated it. I threw up every workout for the first week, but that was the easiest thing to go down. I tried sandwiches but chicken was a lot easier."
Blazevich attacked his college decision much like he attacked his diet. He was methodical and dedicated. With just a handful of schools left on his interest list, Georgia and Ole Miss are thought to be the front-runners. Either school would be a good fit.
He visited several schools to see them up close. He whittled down his decision slowly and will conclude his recruitment Tuesday.
Wherever he chooses, the cafeteria had better be ready.