March 28, 2013
Blake making his own name
The future is bright for Princeton (Texas) quarterback Jourdan Blake.
The 6-foot, 180 pound gunslinger was recently an unknown in recruiting circles, even after leading his team to a successful season and accumulating 2,500 total yards of offense and 25 touchdowns.
Schools from the Big Ten and ACC have recently offered and it only looks like a matter of time before other schools join South Florida and Illinois in pulling the trigger.
The question is whether schools offer as a quarterback or another position.
If it were up to Blake, he'd stich with his natural position but he's open to whatever a school may ask of him - he just wants a shot.
"I have been playing quarterback for a long time and it is my first love," he said. "But at the same time I am still going to keep it open because the position may be corner or receiver.
"There's always that situation where another position could be better for me. Quarterback is the position I want to play but when I moved down here I played receiver and I could play corner.
"It's just that I love quarterback - but it is still early in the process."
Illinois has offered as a quarterback or athlete while South Florida has offered as an athlete.
Oklahoma State is coming on strong as well, as Blake visited Stillwater recently for a junior day.
"The coaches are keeping in contact with me," he said. "They want me to come down for the spring game."
Baylor is also interested and Blake made it to Waco for a junior day as well.
"I had a great visit there," he said. "The coaches called the next day - they ended up calling my quarterbacks coach at my high school."
Blake recently performed admirably at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School.
He received a plethora of praise from camp coaches and organizers and feels this is just the first step in a long line of many towards fulfilling his dream.
"I got a lot of feedback from the quarterback coach there," Blake said. "They pulled me aside a couple of times - and of course they had never seen me, coming from North Carolina.
"They were impressed with my release and my ability to roll out," he said. "And my speed and my footwork - they kept raving about my speed.
Blake moved from North Carolina, where his father was an assistant with UNC, to right outside Dallas last summer and took the local high school football scene by storm.
Now he has been invited to several other camps around the Metroplex, including the Nike camp in April.
In addition to being successful on the field, Blake has enjoyed living in a state and city where football is king.
"I love it," he said. "All these camps are right down the road, there's the Dallas Cowboys facilities and even though football is football, it is huge there."
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