Thursday, May 9, 2013
Elite 11 qualifier Blough gets first offer
By Damon Sayles
Class of 2014 quarterback David Blough (Carrollton, Texas/Creekview) described the last few days as “one of the best weeks of my life.”
Earlier in the week, Blough received an invitation to the Elite 11 national quarterback competition. Along with earning praise from Elite 11 coach Trent Dilfer, Blough also received praise via Twitter from Drew Brees. Few high school players can say they were recognized by two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks.
Then on Thursday, Blough’s exciting week continued with his first scholarship offer.
The 6-foot-1, 187-pound “surgeon,” as Dilfer liked to call Blough, was offered by Purdue and new head coach Darrell Hazell.
“Them being the first shows they have faith in my abilities shown on film and in person. It really means a lot to me,” Blough said of Purdue. “Them being the first really sticks out to me.
“I’ve had a lot of support from family and friends. They told me that first [offer] would come, and it’s finally here. Now we’re just celebrating.”
As a junior, Blough threw for 1,777 yards and 17 touchdowns against only three interceptions for Creekview. He also ran for 244 yards and six touchdowns.
Blough competed in both the Dallas and Chicago Elite 11 regional events and shined at both competitions. His Chicago performance was good enough to earn him a ticket to the Elite 11 national event this summer.
“I don’t get into stars and rankings and what’s been said,” Dilfer said of Blough after the Dallas regional. “He has a chance to be a Zack Greenlee-type guy. In fact, David reminds me a lot of Zack. They’re very similar.”
In addition to Purdue, Blough is getting interest from Texas Tech, Baylor, Iowa State and Arizona State. While he is appreciative of the interest, he said he was speechless to get the backing of both Dilfer and Brees.
“I never played football until seventh grade, and even then I didn’t think it’d be like this,” Blough said. “I look up to those guys. I’ve seen them on TV and how they act.
“With Drew Brees, no one has mastered his craft the way he has. He’s helped out New Orleans and his career, and I like the things he stands for. With Trent Dilfer, he’s the complete quarterback analyst. It’s been an honor and a blessing getting to know him. I can’t wait for the Elite 11.”
Blough is being recruited to Purdue by offensive coordinator John Shoop.