Former Gator Joins Auburn Football Team

Four-star running back and Florida signee Mike Blakely is starting classes at Auburn on Wednesday. A report with video of highlights of the Manatee High star is featured.

Auburn, Ala.--After leaving the University of Florida following the spring semester, 2011 signee Mike Blakely has shown up at Auburn and is in the process of enrolling at the university and starting classes on Wednesday.

Taking his only official visit last year to Auburn before signing with the Gators, Blakely had Coach Gene Chizik's football team high on his list the entire recruiting process before choosing to stay closer to home.

Enrolling in school early at Florida, Blakely got a chance to experience college life at Florida and found out it wasn't the place for him.

Deciding to look for another home he had already visited South Florida and was expected to visit USC as well, but decided to try to work things out so he could attend Auburn.

Mike Blakely

A visitor to Auburn last year officially for the South Carolina game as well as the A-Day game in 2010, Big Cat Weekend, and a summer camp, Blakely definitely had a feel for the Tigers and said this on his feelings for the school and program.

"Personally I like all the coaches because they are all cool guys," Blakely said. "You can talk to them about anything. There is no offense and defense. There is no he's this and he's that. They are all together. If I tap my hip to a defensive coach he'll run up and do the jump thing with me. If I do it to an offensive coach he'll do the same thing. They are all family. Family is family. That just happens."

Originally he was released by Coach Will Muschamp to any school other than Florida State, Miami, and the other SEC schools, Blakely has gotten a release to Auburn, but is expected to sit out this season under transfer rules and be ready to play in games in 2012. He is expected to have four seasons of eligibility at Auburn.

He racked up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns as a junior and added another 1,000-yard season as a senior, with 19 touchdowns. He was named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2011.

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