February 22, 2008

Red Raiders offer one of state's top wideouts

Success on the gridiron is just something that runs in Emory Blake's family. Blake's father, Jeff Blake, had a lengthy and successful NFL career, so it should come as no surprise that his son is one of the top prep prospects in the country.

Blake, who is a member of the early Rivals 100 list, says he's enjoying the process right now.

"Everything's going really good right now," said the four-star receiver. "I have three offers so far, from Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, and Tulsa, and I'm getting a ton of mail, which has been fun. I went to Texas' junior day on the 10th and I'm going to LSU's this weekend, and then I'm going to try to make Texas Tech's, but other than that I think that's it for the spring."

Though he hasn't grown up in Austin, he has called it home for the last few years, but Blake says his proximity to the home of the Longhorns will not affect his recruitment.

"We've lived in Austin for six years now," he explained. "Of course, we used to move everywhere because of what my dad did, but we've been here for about six years now. Of course, everyone here is a Longhorn, so you always hear about UT this and UT that, and I guess it kinda gets to you after a while, but I'm still 100% open. I'm not leaning towards them at all actually, or anyone else for that matter."

Though his father did play in the NFL, the younger Blake says the recruiting process is still new to the family.

"Even though my dad was good in the NFL, he actually wasn't really recruited very much out of high school, so he's kinda new to it as well," he answered when asked how much his dad was helping out with the process. "But what really helps is just the connections he has and the people he knows. He knows Pete Carroll, and Mark Richt, and the new coach at UCLA, and a bunch of other coaches, so that's been a big help."

Blake, a playmaker in every sense of the word, says he knows exactly what he'll be looking for in a school.

"I'm looking for a good football program, a good academic school, and location will actually play a big part in it too," he explained. "I don't want to be in the cold or anything like that. Then I guess just the football tradition and the family atmosphere and team chemistry."

Though he hasn't had the chance to see all the schools he wants to, he says there are a few who have really caught his attention.

"Well, I'd say right now Florida, USC, and Texas Tech definitely call and write the most, and I guess just in general I'd say those three are recruiting me the hardest."

Blake had 22 catches for 412 yards and 5 touchdowns despite only playing four games at receiver this year and was recently clocked at 4.42 in the forty yard dash.

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