Thursday, December 20, 2012
Watch List TE Blazevich talks top six
By Radi Nabulsi
ESPN Watch List tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) named his top six schools on Twitter last week. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior is one of the most coveted targets in the Class of 2014 and that news left 17 programs with lumps of coal in their recruiting stockings.
“It is Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Ole Miss,” Blazevich said.
The Rebels would not have made the cut had Blazevich decided to trim the list before the football season.
Jeb Blazevich, a 2014 prospect, would like to have his commitment out of the way before the summer.
“My mother’s entire side of the family went there,” Blazevich said. “And even after they offered I said, ‘Dad, I am not going to Ole Miss. They are not good. I am not going there -- I don’t like it there. I don’t even want to consider it.’ He told me, ‘Jeb, Just keep them on the list for your grandpa.’ … Then I saw all these five-star recruits going there. I looked back at their season and started doing some research and I realized, ‘Dang, these guys are good.’ So it turned out from being a family political move to being a school that I love for me and this might me a place I want to go for me.”
Here are Blazevich’s thoughts on the other five finalists:
Alabama: “Alabama football is a well-oiled machine and they are going to be the best in the nation year in and year out. I think it is a great opportunity and I am just trying to decide if I want to jump on board and be part of that. It is a machine with a lot of small gears that are replaceable, so no matter what, they are going to win.”
Clemson: “I think the great thing that they offer is the family aspect. They play ACC teams which is a hang-up for some guys, but I feel that Clemson plays at such a high level. Coach [Danny] Pearman coached Dwayne Allen and has a lot of years under his belt and a lot of good coaching jobs. It feels comfortable -- you go there and you just feel comfortable for some reason. I don’t know what it is. That is what a lot of other guys are saying too.”
Notre Dame: “They just put out so many good tight ends and the weight of that diploma and the alumni base … Everyone is saying I need to get up there and give them a good look. So I am believing what I am hearing on this one.”
Ohio State: “Great tradition and I just can’t say enough good things about that coaching staff up there. They have always shown me the most love in recruiting me and wanting me to come up there. Coach [Urban] Meyer has been up front and honest. … I just love that coaching staff.”
Georgia: “I don’t know what it is about Georgia. I went down there for a camp and I loved the town. Coach [John] Lilly and Coach [Mark] Richt -- there are a lot of guys that say the right thing but they fake it. You can’t fake adopting kids. That was what one of my coaches told me. Coach Lilly is an amazing guy too. And they win games. They are Christian men, strong believers. Everybody says that too. It is the same thing with Clemson. That is why it comes down to those two schools for so many guys. There is just something about that ‘G.’ It’s Georgia. So I don’t know what it is but there is just something that makes you want to back and check it out.”
Blazevich said he had not heard from the Bulldogs as much as the other programs on his list.
“I got an email from Coach Lilly two days ago, and before that, it had been a while,” Blazevich said. “They actually scared me for a while. I went to see a game there and honestly haven’t heard from them too much. Every school has been by -- a lot schools twice and some three times -- and Georgia hasn’t been by yet. They haven’t been recruiting me as hard as all these other schools.”
Despite having over a year until his class signs, Blazevich wants to get the process out of the way.
“I am trying to get to every school for a junior day and a spring practice or just a practice,” Blazevich said. “Hopefully after that I can cut it down again. I want to be committed before summer.”