Blakely High On Tigers Following Visit

Talented running back prospect Mike Blakely talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Bradenton, Fla.--One of the top running backs in the country for the 2011 class took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend to check out the Tigers take on South Carolina and left very impressed by what he saw.

"It was fun," Blakely said. "It was my official visit so I didn't really have to do too much. They had a big itinerary for me. I ate a lot and talked to the coaches a lot. It was a great game because Ace Sanders, my teammate from last year, plays for South Carolina. I was kind of rooting for him and rooting for Auburn. It was just a good game."

With offers from all over the country, Blakely has his choice of schools but has consistently put Auburn at the top of his list along with the home state Florida Gators. South Carolina could also be in the mix, but Blakely said at the moment Gene Chizik's Tigers are the team to beat along with Florida thanks to a crazy atmosphere inside Jordan-Hare Stadium Saturday night.

"It was nice, especially with the eagle," Blakely said. "That's what killed me. I loved the eagle. Tiger Walk was so much fun. Everybody said that Tiger Walk started there and it was so nice to see such tradition like that.

"It's still a mix between Auburn and Florida really," he added. "I like South Carolina but it really probably will come down to Auburn, Florida and South Carolina. I had so much fun. I had a lot of fun there."

Hosted on his official visit by Auburn freshmen Jawara White and Michael Dyer, Blakely said he enjoyed getting to hang out with players that he has a lot in common with and are at a place in their careers he'll be at in just a year.

"They are both freshmen and are both the same age as me, maybe a little bit older," Blakely said. "They knew what I liked. Hanging out we could relate and talk to each other about the same stuff because they pretty much know what we do."

As a junior Blakely put up huge numbers with over 1,400 yards rushing, 327 receiving yards and 227 kick return yards. He added 23 touchdowns on the way to being named a first-team All-State selection. He has continued that strong play as a senior with a huge performance against Plant to open the season and over 400 yards in the next three games. Included in that was a 150-yard, four-touchdown explosion against rival Southeast last weekend.

Blakely said he doesn't have plans to commit anytime soon but that could change if he's allowed to graduate high school early, something he's looking into doing if his classes come through.


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