NCF On The Trail: Jeb Blazevich

ORLANDO, Fla. -- When more than 90 of the top football prospects gather in the same place, like they have for the Under Armour All-America Game, the water cooler conversations can be quite entertaining.

One of Sunday’s hot topics was whether a defensive player could win the Heisman Trophy again in the near future. We asked some of the Under Armour Game participants for their opinions:

[+] EnlargeTony Brown
Miller Safrit/ESPNFive-star cornerback Tony Brown thinks a defensive player, maybe even him, will win the Heisman Trophy in the near future.
Five-star cornerback and No. 11 overall prospect Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen): Oh, 100 percent I do. It will be either my sophomore year or junior year when a defensive player wins it. You got to be a game-changer. The Heisman is about being a game changer the second you step on the field, so I have to be a game changer. Tyrann Mathieu was very close to winning it, but he missed games. You just have to catch picks, make plays in the return game and make big plays that change the outcome of games.

No. 1 overall prospect Leonard Fournette (New Orleans/Saint Augustine): That’s kind of a hard question -- maybe in the next couple of years. Maybe one of the guys from our incoming class like Adoree’ [Jackson] or Jabrill Peppers. It’s a lot of dedication. There are a lot of offensive players that are outstanding now. They have a lot of outstanding defensive players too, but the offenses are bringing out more talent than the defense nowadays.

Michigan commit Jabrill Peppers (Paramus N.J./Paramus Catholic), the No. 1 CB and No. 2 overall prospect: Absolutely. He’s going to have to have some punts and kickoff returns for TDs, six or seven picks and have more than 45 tackles. I have seen a lot of great defensive backs, but I didn’t see anybody put it all together yet. Basically all the things I just said I have to do, and I want to make it a little easier on myself if I get to play a little offense too.

Georgia tight end commit Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Christian): No, just because everyone is so focused on the stats, who is most productive and some people don’t know football. Defensive players sort of grind it out; they are good football players but are the unsung heroes. All people see is the stats, people follow the hype … same thing with the Heisman. It will take a lot of stats and flashy stuff -- probably a defensive back with a lot of returns for touchdowns, like a Tyrann Mathieu.

Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson {Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra): Of course. They have to do special teams. You have to do something to get the crown oohing and ahhing. You can do a lot of things on defense, but when you do special teams and show how versatile you are ... that is when a defensive player will win the Heisman again.

No. 28 overall prospect Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis): "Man, that will be difficult in this day and age. I think offensive players are becoming more explosive and are used in better ways with the spread than in the past, when a defensive player could have won it. Like last year, [Johnny] Manziel won it over [Manti] Te’o. He should have, and it wasn’t close."

Alabama commit Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe), a five-star offensive tackle and No. 3 overall prospect: I mean maybe so, but the player will have to do more than just play defense … maybe return kicks and play some Wildcat quarterback. Probably a corner or a safety is the best bet. The kick return game will be huge because you get to display a lot of athleticism and pure instinct. Last year, Johnny Manziel won it over a defensive player, and it wasn’t close. Actually, my guy Manziel should have won it again this year.

No. 29 prospect Gerald Willis III (New Orleans/Edna Karr): Yeah, me. The goal is to get three or four sacks a game and just ball out on the field the whole season. Yep, I think Landon [Collins] can win it. It's picks, taking them to the house, make a lot of tackles and having outstanding stats.

No. 106 prospect Edwin Freeman (Arlington, Texas/James Bowie): It’s possible. You got to play both sides of the ball and have punt and kick return ability. I would say a corner has the best chance. They are fast, catch picks and have the ability make a big impact in the return game.

[+] EnlargeDerick Roberson
Miller Safrit/ESPNDefensive linemen such as Texas commit Derick Roberson wish their position group got more respect from Heisman voters.
Auburn cornerback commit Steven Roberts (Opelika, Ala./Opelika): That’s a tough question, man. I say yes, though. Defensive backs go through a lot. They are sticking good receivers every play and have the chances to make big plays. It will take a lot of interceptions and being an all-around playmaker.

No. 22 prospect Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville), a safety: I don’t know if it will ever happen again. I’m going to try and go win one, but they [media] show a lot of favoritism to offensive players. You can’t just play defense. You have to play special teams. It will be a defensive back that wins it if it happens. It won’t be a defensive end or linebacker.

Texas defensive end commit Derick Roberson (San Antonio, Texas/Brennan), the No. 78 prospect: You would have to average three or four sacks per game at my position [defensive end], probably. Usually it would be a defensive back or linebacker with the best shot, but I think a D-end can win it.

No. 23 overall prospect Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), the No. 3 safety: I sure hope so. I hope I can say I did one day. I mean, it’s a tough thing to do as an individual goal. You have to be a straight dog on the field, making a lot of plays. Defensive backs play special teams, and if that’s one of your roles ... then you have the ability to show out. Defensive backs have the best chance because we are more versatile.

Alabama five-star DE commit Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge): It should be the best overall player that wins the Heisman, not just the best offensive player. I can see a defensive player winning it again. I think a defensive end can win it because we are the best position on the field. A lot of people don’t see what a defensive end has to go through. A quarterback, everybody sees that, but what about the end that takes on a double team that helps cause everyone else to make plays, and helps make everyone else better?

Auburn quarterback commitment Sean White (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University): Yeah, sure, if a defensive player makes a lot of plays and cause turnovers; probably like a corner or defensive back that makes a lot of big interceptions. It’s happened before, so I do think it can happen.

Wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), the No. 61 prospect: No. Because I feel like a defensive back is so good that teams won’t throw his way and he won’t get the chances to put up stats. It can be tough to get the chance to make enough plays to win the Heisman.

Ohio State five-star LB commit Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): Yes, because a defensive player has the ability to make big plays just like an offensive player. It will probably be a defensive back that makes a lot of interceptions though -- a guy that also returns kicks and punts.

Five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross): Yeah, a defensive player should win the Heisman. Defensive players have more impact on the game than people recognize. I think [Jadeveon] Clowney could have come real close to it. I hope defensive players keep evolving and can have the chance to win it.

The 2014 Under Armour All-America game week has arrived, and the collection of talent is outstanding, with a roster that consists of nearly 90 ESPN 300 prospects, including 13 five-star recruits.

Throughout the week there will be plenty of electrifying plays and great battles. Below are some of the matchups to keep an eye on during the practices and the game (Jan. 2, ESPN, 4 p.m. ET).

OT Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La.) vs. DE Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin)
Robinson and Garrett are the top-rated players at their respective positions and among the top five nationally, setting the stage for some great battles throughout the week of practice. With both possessing prototypical measurables for their positions, the tale of the tape portrays a heavyweight-like showdown.

In Robinson, you have a nimble big man capable of protecting the edge. The Alabama verbal can set quickly with knee bend, get hands on and mirror rushers. He also displays some nastiness and a competitive nature. In Garrett, you have a defender with an impressive combination of size, initial quickness and athleticism. As a pass-rusher, the Texas A&M verbal possesses the ability to attack blockers in multiple ways and keep them guessing. When these two line up across from each other, neither will be able to rely on his size and natural ability alone. Robinson will need to be sound in technique, and Garrett will need to have a plan. Both will need to bring their A-games.

WR Ermon Lane (Miami/Homestead) vs. CB Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen)
Players at these two positions often are challenged the least during their high school careers; they are often the best skilled athlete on the field and can get away with being undisciplined or taking chances because they compensate by being athletically superior. Brown and Lane are going to find out what they are made of in one-on-one situations, because the defenses will be in man coverage the entire week. In 2008, Janoris Jenkins and Julio Jones matched up on the first day of practice, and Jones got stunned for the first few reps. That relationship created an incredibly competitive environment.

When I think of competitive, Tony Brown comes to mind. He also will be confident. Lane must bring his best stuff and use his size and strength to make plays in tight quarters. It is always fun to see who sinks and who swims. When you get beat, do you sulk and go in the tank or do you rise up and play the next down? Something tells me these two will battle in quite a few contested matchups during the week.

OG Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) vs. DT Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Frommel Smith)
With a wealth of talent along the offensive and defensive lines, the trenches will provide some great matchups all week. A great battle to watch inside will be between No. 1 defensive tackle Brown and top-rated guard Pierschbacher. Brown, who is committed to Virginia, is an explosive player capable of being a handful as a pass-rusher, while Alabama verbal Pierschbacher can be a tenacious blocker. Working around Pierschbacher could be tough, as he can set quickly and move easily laterally, though with a nice combination of size and power, Brown could challenge Pierschbacher with his bull rush.

DE Chad Thomas (Miami/Booker T. Washington) vs. OT Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle Institute
In a class that features very few true pass-rushers but several topflight run-stoppers, DE Chad Thomas likely will stand out in one-on-one situations. He will be one of the best natural pass-rushers in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game. Conversely, Jamarco Jones is one of the more athletic big men in attendance, but as with most young offensive tackles, he can be raw and technically unrefined. This is where the offense is at a distinct disadvantage. Thomas will be able to pin his ears back and go with an athletic edge between the two. Jones will have to pay close attention to his feet, balance, bend and lateral agility to hold up against Thomas' speed and explosive first step. However, where Jones can shut down Thomas is by using his strength and getting his hands on Thomas quickly. Thomas is undersized and lacks lower-body strength, which Jones must take advantage of to try to frustrate Thomas off the edge.

ATH Speedy Noil (New Orleans/Edna Karr) vs. CB Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic)
When the paths of these two five-stars cross at the UA game, it will be a meeting of players with outstanding athleticism. Both could line up at multiple positions and have an impact, but No. 1 CB Peppers will be roaming the secondary, while top-rated athlete Noil will be lining up at receiver. Peppers is a fluid athlete with good size and great speed and can be a lockdown corner.

With Noil, the name Speedy pretty much sums it up, as the kid can fly. He fills multiple roles for his high school and thus is still a bit limited in experience at receiver, but he possesses soft hands and is a talented athlete with a bit of a natural feel for the position. If he isn't sharp in his route running, creating separation against Peppers could be tough, but if Noil can get his hands on the ball, he can be very dangerous in the open field. These are two playmakers capable of bringing out the best in each other and providing an exciting matchup.

QB-PP Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) vs. Defensive secondary
Unfortunately, we have had four of our six Under Armour All-America game quarterbacks go down with injuries this fall. The bright side is that this provides opportunities for other worthy signal-callers, including Mahalak. We chose Mahalak vs. the entire secondary because this is going to be a significant jump in talent and speed for him when it comes to timing, anticipation and accuracy. In fact, this will be the biggest adjustment for all the quarterbacks.

Mahalak is a wonderful athlete and an instinctive player who spent time as a wide receiver and kick returner before becoming a full-time quarterback as a senior. But he actually hasn't played all that much, since he played on a dominant team that rarely gave him many snaps after halftime of games. The likes of J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen) and S Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), among others, will provide a great measuring stick for Mahalak and all the quarterbacks.

TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) vs. S Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron)
Both rated No. 3 at their respective positions, these two could make for some hard-fought battles in practice. Adams plays smart, fast and physical, and making plays against this top-25 prospect can be tough for any target, including Blazevich. While getting open against the talented safety will be challenging, Blazevich still can present a tough matchup. The Georgia commit has the size advantage, which can allow him to make the play in jump-ball situations. He has strong hands and good body control to adjust to passes, and even when covered he still can make the grab. Lastly, while he might not be able to run away from Adams, he displays some savvy as a route runner that could help him to create separation at times.

WR Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) vs. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
This is a matchup of perhaps the best route runner and set of ball skills (Rudolph) against the best pure cover corner when it comes to explosive quickness (Jackson) this game has to offer. Rudolph is a technician when it comes to route running. He consistently understands leverage, attacks alignment, eats up cushion, stays low and perhaps most important snaps his head around to be prepared for the football. As expected, this will force Jackson to employ the same level of discipline in man coverage, as he will not be able to rely solely on his superior skill set. Rudolph is really skilled at creating separation, and Jackson has proved he can close the gap. Something has to give. One thing is for sure, Jackson's coverage likely will be in place, but can he make plays on the ball against a player who relishes contested matchups? This is going to be a fun one-on-one to watch.

#AskLoogs: Comparisons to Blazevich

September, 17, 2013
9/17/13
12:30
PM ET
Want to ask ESPN RecruitingNation senior analyst Tom Luginbill a question about your team? Tweet it to @TomLuginbill using the hashtag #AskLoogs.



With so many hybrid tight end/wide receivers in today’s game, these guys are essentially oversized possession receivers flexed out in the slot, utilized in the backfield as H-backs or movement types and are rarely utilized within the interior or the offensive line. This is the type of player Blazevich is, entering college, which makes him a similar prospect to Oregon’s Colt Lyerla. These are guys that can stretch and stress the seam pressure safeties. They are athletic enough to consistently win matchups against linebackers and even some safeties at times one-on-one.

UA Game jersey tour: Jeb Blazevich

September, 13, 2013
9/13/13
10:45
AM ET
Senior tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.Cc/Charlotte Christian) was presented his honorary game jersey during the American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Charlotte Christian High School in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday.

[+] EnlargeJeb Blazevich
Courtesy of IntersportJeb Blazevich will show his skills at the Under Armour All-America Game before heading to Georgia.
Blazevich, a Georgia commitment, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game presented by American Family Insurance, a nationally televised competition spotlighting the country’s top high school seniors. The 2014 Under Armour All-America Game is set for 4 p.m. ET Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and will be televised on ESPN.

“First off, I just got to say thank you to God,” Blazevich said. “I thought about all the people I could thank, and the biggest thing for me is just I wanted to thank God for the community he put me with my parents, the coaches and every single one of y’all. Everybody had a vital role in where I want to go, and that just happens to be the Under Armour All-America Game,”

Charlotte Christian head coach Jason Estep said it’s Blazevich’s versatility that makes him a terrific tight end prospect.

“He gives that hybrid effect that I think a lot of college coaches are looking for now,” Estep said. “The ability offensively to put his hand down and play tight end and block at the point of attack, and he also has the ability to flex out and be a mismatch potentially on a linebacker or safety. So it’s a pretty unique balance.”

Blazevich is looking forward to the challenge and competition during the Under Armour practices.

“I want to go against the best. No matter who that is that week, whoever is on their ‘A’ game … I want to go against them,” the No. 94 player in the ESPN 300 said. “To be a part of this is a huge honor, just to be able to say that you are an All-American. It’s very humbling, and I understand it’s a blessing. I also understand that it’s a big responsibility and have to work out to make sure I show out down there.”

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Blazevich is the No. 3 Tight end-H in the class. He selected Georgia over offers from Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Duke, LSU and a number of others.

2015 ESPN 300 targets: Georgia 

July, 16, 2013
7/16/13
1:27
PM ET
Football offers and commitments are occurring earlier and earlier. To keep in line with this new world of accelerated recruiting, ESPN announced its release of the initial ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday.

The list is once again loaded with targets for Georgia. DawgNation takes a look at 10 targets to keep an eye on for 2015, in order of their ranking in the ESPN 300.

1. OL Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett)
6-foot-6, 270 pounds
ESPN 300 rank:
4


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Lessons Learned: Dawg Night 

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
9:00
AM ET
ATHENS, Ga. -- The annual Dawg Night recruiting event at the University of Georgia overcame a couple of early setbacks and wound up being quite the success for the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Right as the campers were finishing up running of their 40-yard dashes, a thunderstorm sent everyone inside the general use room at the Butts Mehre Heritage Hall. When we say everyone, we mean the 500-plus attendees who came to show the coaches what they could do.

There were way too many campers, but the staff managed the large crowd well. They did run the danger of not being able to spend enough time with their primary targets, but the rain delay and staggered arrival times made for a successful weekend. After watching the commitments roll in and talking to some of the prospects in attendance, here are five things we learned.

Shakenneth Williams
Tom Hauck for Student SportsAs expected, four-star WR Shakenneth Williams pulled the trigger on his Georgia offer early on Dawg Night.
Commitment class grows

The Bulldogs started Dawg Night with 12 commits and ended the evening with 15. Wide receiver Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland) started the festivities by committing during the rain delay. The four-star receiver almost committed when he received his Georgia offer last month. Williams was quickly followed by Florida safety Kendall Gant (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson). Gant immediately went to work on one of Georgia’s top targets, fellow Sunshine State standout Isaiah Wynn. Wynn, an ESPN 300 member and Under Armour All-American game selection, would wait until Sunday morning to make his commitment known.

Offensive tackle Dyshon Sims (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) indicated during the rain delay that he was about to commit and would once he found his coach. It took him until the final drills to actually pull the trigger. It helped that Mark Richt called his mother to seal the deal in the meantime.

Georgia did lose one commit over the weekend, as Krenwick Sanders (Jessup, Ga./Wayne County) told DawgNation that he had a “drastic change of plans” and was no longer part of the Bulldogs’ recruiting class.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

ATHENS, Ga. -- Christian Miller (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley), the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, was in Athens on Wednesday, talking with Mark Richt and Kirk Olivadotti. Miller liked what he heard. In fact, he left campus thinking he could easily see himself suiting up for the Bulldogs.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

The Opening: Georgia storylines 

June, 27, 2013
6/27/13
10:00
AM ET
ATHENS, Ga. -- With the Elite 11 and The Opening this weekend, here are five storylines concerning Georgia commits and targets:

First look at Park

Georgia fans did not get to see the performance at the Mark Richt minicamp that earned quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) his offer from offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Had the camp been open to the public, they could have seen the 6-foot-3, 197-pound senior make plenty of throws as Bobo put him through a workout. Park committed to Georgia a week later, catching some fans off guard, as they thought Georgia was going all-or-nothing for Clemson quarterback commit Deshaun Watson. Park will get his chance at the Elite 11 to show the Bulldogs’ faithful what Bobo saw in him.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Georgia instant impact recruits 

June, 25, 2013
6/25/13
10:00
AM ET
ATHENS, Ga. -- Coaches are always looking for recruits who can have a major impact on their programs. Here is a list of prospects -- both commits and realistic targets -- that could make an impact for Georgia in 2014:

1. TE Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian)
HT/WT: 6-5, 228 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 94

Blazevich could easily see the field before any of the other commits or targets that Georgia is after in the Class of 2014. Arthur Lynch is a senior this year so Blazevich will join only two other tight ends -- Jay Rome and Jordan Davis -- on the roster when he arrives in Athens. Davis will bulk up and be the prototypical blocking tight end who replaces Lynch, while Blazevich will be an offensive threat downfield. He recently won the wide receiver MVP award at the Nike Football Training camp, a first for a tight end.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

With the initial release of the ESPN 300 for the 2014 class, the recent recruiting momentum by the University of Georgia shows the Bulldogs could close with another top class, even with less than 22 spots to fill.

[+] EnlargeNick Chubb
Scott Fink for Student SportsRecent Georgia commit Nick Chubb has jumped into the latest ESPN 300 rankings.
At the top of the commitment list is running back Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), the No. 17 prospect in the country. He is followed by athlete Malkom Parrish (Quitman, Ga./Brooks County) at No. 69, who is expected to play cornerback for Georgia. Tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) is No. 94 in the latest rankings and new running back commitment Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) jumps into the ESPN 150 at No. 142. Georgia has less than one third of last year’s class (33) committed so far, but only one less ESPN 150 commitment with four pledged to play for Mark Richt at this time. Quarterback Jacob Park (Goose Creek, S.C./Stratford) committed to Georgia on Friday, giving the Bulldogs the No. 182 prospect in the country, while defensive line commitment Dontavius Russell (Carrollton, Ga./Carrollton) is No. 263 in the initial ESPN 300.

Georgia has a shot to land several more ESPN 150 prospects as well. New five-star prospect Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) has a spot reserved for him in Athens, Ga. Another five-star target, defensive lineman Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) has Georgia on top and the No. 12 prospect in the country could decide in July.

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Each week, Tales From The Road will provide news and updates about where Georgia’s coaches have been and what prospects are standing out.

This week’s targets: Last Monday Mike Bobo and Will Friend saw Lowndes (Ga.) High School offensive lineman Dyshon Sims, who would get an offer from Georgia two days later. On Tuesday Tony Ball dropped on wide receiver commitment Krenwick Sanders at Wayne County (Ga.) High School and Todd Grantham and Kirk Olivadotti checked in on ESPN 150 linebacker target Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) . Grantham also visited ESPN 150 LB targets Rashaan Evans (Auburn, Ala./Auburn) and Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) that day. Defensive line coach Chris Wilson saw safety target Cortez McDowell (Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove) and John Lilly saw Callaway 2015 athlete target Terry Godwin (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway). On Thursday, Grantham and Lakatos saw ESPN 150 CB targets Nicholas Ruffin (Atlanta/St. Pius X) and D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton), and evaluated Cameron Albright (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb).

Area of interest: North Carolina has been good the Georgia Bulldogs. The running back tandem of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall can attest to that. When the ESPN 150 was released, 10 players from the Tar Heel State made the initial list, which is only one prospect less than the state of Georgia and the same as the entire state of California. The No. 3 tight end in the nation, Jeb Blazevich, has already committed to Georgia, and the Bulldogs lead for the No. 10 overall prospect in defensive tackle Lamont Gaillard (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest).

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

ATHENS, Ga. -- The news of Sony Michel’s commitment to Georgia will not only soothe the Bulldogs coaching staff's depth chart fears, it will also serve as a salve to ease some hurt feelings among Bulldogs fans.

[+] EnlargeSony Michel
Davide De Pas/ESPN.comSony Michel will provide depth and explosiveness when he arrives at Georgia.
First and foremost, Michel is the nation’s No. 2 running back prospect and should arrive on campus when the dynamic duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall start their junior years and what could be their final season on campus. A year or two of their tutelage will prove helpful for Michel, who will face less pressure to come in and take over a job. In return, Michel will help spread the load at tailback.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Weekly commitment roundup 

April, 26, 2013
4/26/13
10:49
AM ET
ACC
Boston College
Jon Baker, OC (Millis, Mass./Millis)
Height: 6-foot-3 Weight: 305 pounds
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Kevin Cohee, ILB (West Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury Latin)
HT: 6-3 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation pending

Duke

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Georgia added its first ESPN 150 prospect with the addition of tight end Jeb Blazevich. This is a nice pick-up for the back-to-back SEC East champs on a few different levels.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

After narrowing down his double-digit offer list to a top six of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Ole Miss, ESPN 150 tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) decided he was ready to make his decision.

On ESPNU on Tuesday afternoon, Blazevich, the No. 3 tight end-H, committed to Georgia.

“God was calling me to go to Georgia,” Blazevich said. “I love my position coach, John Lilly, and head coach Mark Richt. I love the town and just everything about Georgia. I am 100-percent committed to Georgia.”

[+] EnlargeJeb Blazevich
Tom Hauck for Student SportsJeb Blazevich said he loves everything about Georgia, where, on Tuesday, he committed to play his college ball.
The No. 90 overall prospect in the ESPN 150 is UGA’s fourth 2014 commitment, and he said Bulldogs fans can count on him to stay put: “When I say that I commit, I mean it with all of my heart. The only thing that would change that would be if the men that I commit to leave.”

The 6-foot-5, 228-pound Blazevich took visits to each of his top six schools over the past two months and admitted the trips helped him eliminate a few programs.

“I feel like I visited a couple of schools to give them a shot by looking at everything they had to offer,” Blazevich said. “I tried to picture myself there and I just could not see myself going there.

“It came down to Ole Miss, Clemson and Georgia. They are all so similar and Southern schools with strong academics, great football programs and very spiritual leaders in the locker room and on the staff.”

Blazevich felt he could have been happy at any of the schools under consideration but knew at the end of the day, he could only pick one.

The hardest part of the process, he said, was figuring out what he wanted. It all boiled down to his life away from the field.

“If I was not playing football, Georgia is still where I would want to go,” Blazevich said. “That was the big thing. If I got hurt and was not playing football, where do I want to go? I just could not say no to that town and that school.”

What Blazevich’s decision means for Georgia


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

SPONSORED HEADLINES