Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Why Jeb Blazevich fits at Ohio State
By Brad Bournival
It all started for Urban Meyer at Ohio State as a tight ends coach.
While the tight end isn’t a big position of need in Meyer’s spread offense, Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) might be a perfect fit for the Buckeyes.
Watch List TE Jeb Blazevich turned heads at the Under Armour combine in January.
Aaron Hernandez is arguably the most famous tight end that has played under Meyer. While making any comparisons is unwarranted, Blazevich is the type of player that could flourish with Ohio State.
Blazevich was slated to come to Ohio State on another unofficial visit Tuesday -- he saw Ohio State’s 52-22 win over Illinois on Nov. 3 -- but snow in the West Virginia mountains postponed the trip.
He sees potential in the Buckeyes, so the ESPN Watch List junior is trying to reschedule the visit.
“They have a great tradition and I just can’t say enough good things about that coaching staff up there,” he said. “They have always shown me the most love in recruiting me and wanting me to come up there. Coach Meyer has been up front and honest.”
That’s because what Blazevich can bring to the team goes far beyond what a normal tight end can to a typical offense.
He started his high school career as a wide receiver but saw a better future at tight end, so the 6-foot-5 Blazevich put on 40 pounds and now comes in at 223 pounds.
It wasn’t 40 pounds of fat either, as the lean junior has flourished with the new weight.
He has come into his own at tight end, where he made 30 catches for 379 yards and scored five touchdowns last season.
He already knows how to play the wideout position, which in Meyer’s offense is essential, but he has also become a good run blocker with the new mass.
It has led to multiple offers, though Blazevich has narrowed his choices to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Ole Miss.
His versatility is what has the Buckeyes so enamored. The potential the tight end possesses is almost off the charts as well.
He excelled at the Under Armour Combine on Jan. 4, further proving his switch from wide receiver to tight end was the right move.
His height and mass make him an easy target in any offense and the fact he’s played a flex role helps as well.
He has run a 4.70 40-yard dash and his 33½-inch vertical jump proves he can high point with the best of them.
The upside for Blazevich is off the charts as he continues to look for the right fit. That Ohio State is just as interested in him as he is in the Buckeyes shows he can be a force in the Big Ten.