Thursday, March 14, 2013
Busy schedule pays dividends for TE
By Mason Kelley
Chase Blakley (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Coeur d’Alene) has few free days.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound tight end is traveling to camps. He is attending junior days. He is working in the weight room and competing in track and field. He is doing everything he can to become a better player while earning more Division I interest.
By spending time at out-of-state camps, Blakley has been able to see what the competition is like on a national level.
“It’s been fun getting to see a lot of the competition we don’t see up there in the Northwest,” he said. “I get to see what a lot of those guys are like.”
By attending junior days at Washington State, Boise State and Washington in addition to planning spring-break trips to UCLA and USC, Blakley is getting a feel for the academic and athletic opportunities that are available at the universities he is interested in.
“I think it’s awesome,” Blakley said. “I’m just getting out there and seeing schools. I haven’t seen that many schools, just the ones around my area. I’m up for the opportunity to see the other side of the country.”
Blakley said he has been receiving interest from SEC programs such as Vanderbilt and Florida. Each school that contacts him pushes him to “just get bigger, faster, stronger and do well in the classroom.”
Washington was one of the first programs to offer Blakley a scholarship last summer. He was so impressed by the opportunity he almost gave the program a verbal commitment.
However, he decided to wait and explore his options. The Huskies are still the leader for his services right now, but he wants to see what else is out there.
“They fit in pretty well,” Blakley said when asked about Washington. “They’re probably my top school right now, since that’s the only big BCS offer I have. I’m definitely going to keep my options open and find the school that fits best for me, and definitely one I feel comfortable with.”