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Friday, February 1, 2013
Midwest TE Hance offered as future OT

By Jared Shanker

A junior season of more than 40 catches and 600 yards looks good for a prospective college pass catcher. That’s what Jacksonville (Ill.) tight end Blake Hance finished with this past season, and he added his first offer earlier in the week.

The offer -- and most likely the successive scholarships as well -- are for the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Hance to play offensive tackle, though.

“A lot of places want me to play tight end. That’s what most want,” Hance said.

That’s what NC State wants, although the tight end coach is pushing for him to remain at tight end in Raleigh if he chooses to go there. Wolfpack offensive line coach Mike Uremovich told Hance he has a solid future at tight end but could be a difference-maker at offensive tackle. While he prefers tight end, Hance agrees he is likely best suited at tackle.

Regardless of where NC State wants him, Hance is just happy he has his first offer.

“It was awesome. My head coach told me Coach Uremovich wanted to talk so he had me call him and we talked for a minute and told me they wanted to offer,” he said. “I was getting all this interest and everyone’s telling me they like me, but it becomes real when you get that first offer and that weight is lifted off your shoulders.”

NC State is one of the few places Hance has not visited among interested schools, but he plans to go there soon. He knows coach Dave Doeren from his time at Northern Illinois, though.

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oklahoma and Vanderbilt are all interested in Hance, and he has visited all those places with the exception of Vanderbilt. Later this month he will be back at Indiana on Feb. 16. He expects to visit Northwestern again in March.

The Wildcats made a big impression on Hance on his first visit.

“I really liked Northwestern,” he said. “I liked the campus and being in the city.

“But it’s not a place I’d jump on right away [if they offer]. I want to weigh all my options and see the best fit.”