With two SEC schools down, Jeb Blazevich is ready to look north.
The ESPN Watch List tight end from Charlotte (N.C.) Christian said he is planning visits to Ohio State and Notre Dame this fall. In the last two weeks, Blazevich has visited Georgia and LSU.
Notre Dame was one of the latest schools to offer Blazevich a scholarship. The Fighting Irish did so on Sept. 1.
“To be honest, I don't know much about them,” the junior said.
Blazevich certainly knows one thing about Notre Dame. Tyler Eifert is a standout tight end for the Fighting Irish.
“Their tight end is amazing,” Blazevich said. “Definitely an NFL prospect. They use him a lot. That's what I like about them. I'm trying to find out more.”
Blazevich also has a connection to Notre Dame. His former teammate, Mathias Farley, is a sophomore safety for the Irish.
Blazevich is quickly becoming one of the top tight end prospects in the Southeast. It remains to be seen if he'll remain there. He visited Louisiana last weekend for LSU's 38-22 win over Towson on Saturday. He also visited other parts of the state, most notably New Orleans.
“The first thing is just the culture down there, being in New Orleans and seeing the French Quarter down there,” Blazevich said when asked what stood out about the trip. “Just the culture and the atmosphere [stood out]. Getting to speak with the coaches, that's always good. The game wasn't really how anyone thought it would go and how it was planned, but still I liked how every time they made a big play, everyone was hyped up. I really like their style.”
Tiger Stadium was certainly an impressive sight for Blazevich. “Oh my gosh. It was half empty because it was raining and they weren't playing an SEC team. It was still crazy loud. I'm just trying to imagine it when it it full and people are filling up that stadium,” he said.
LSU was one of the first schools to offer Blazevich a scholarship. It did so last spring. He's being recruited by defensive coordinator John Chavis and head coach Les Miles.
“They are recruiting me really hard right now with coach Chavis,” Blazevich said. “I always talk to coach Miles. They are recruiting me really hard. Coach Miles was talking about how he needs a big body that can catch.”
Blazevich's previous weekend was spent evaluating another SEC team. He visited Georgia on Sept. 22 for the Bulldogs' 48-3 win over Vanderbilt. Blazevich is being recruited by Bulldogs tight end coach John Lilly and head coach Mark Richt.
“Their atmosphere, talking with coach Richt and coach Lilly,” Blazevich said when asked what stood out about the trip. “I really like coach Lilly. Being able to see the people down there. That was my first time being able to see a game in Sanford Stadium. It's been a while since I've seen an SEC college football game. It was just a great experience and fun time seeing the Dawg Walk and all of that. It was unique. I really liked it. ... They [Georgia's coaches] were just saying, 'keep in touch and we really appreciate you coming down.'”
Once a self-described average receiver, Blazevich added 40 pounds in the offseason in order to move to tight end. Things have moved so quickly, Blazevich isn't even sure how many scholarship offers he has.
“I feel bad. I should really know this,” he said. “Kids would die for one and I don't know how many I have. I think it's around 20.”