Talented Texan To Check Out Tigers

This top wide receiver prospect that had trimmed his list to two schools is visiting Auburn to see if the Tigers can make the cut. Who else is visiting with him?

Austin, Tex.--One of the top wide receivers in the Lone Star State with 26 scholarship offers is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend. Not very familiar with Auburn or the program, talented Emory Blake says he's known new Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn from his time at Tulsa and says he's taking the visit to see what the Tigers have going on.

"It was kind of a spur of the moment decision," Blake tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They had never contacted me before, but I knew coach Malzahn. When he got the OC job he called me up and told me he wanted me to visit. I wasn't going to come because I'm down to two schools, Texas Tech and Colorado, but he convinced me to come."

Because of his knowledge of Malzahn's offense and schemes, the 6-2, 190-pounder with consistent 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash says that any receiver looking to have fun will look at what Auburn is preparing to do on offense.

"You see what he's done with Darren McFadden and see what he's done with Tulsa and their offense," Blake says. "He definitely has a great record that you would want to have an OC have when you go to play for them and when you're choosing a school."

Having already visited his two favorites and very familiar with both programs, Blake says he's keeping an open mind about Auburn, but right now it would take a lot for the Tigers to get into the picture with him.

"They would have to really impress me," Blake says. "Tech and Colorado are both great schools. I'm already familiar with all of the coaches and I have already met some of the players and know them too. It would have to really impress me for me to change my decision."

Playing in a spread offense at Austin High, Blake excelled while seeing time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver for his team. As a senior he made 64 catches for 963 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 134 times for just over 700 yards. Throw in kickoff and punt return duties and Blake says he was around 2,000 all-purpose yards for the season.

A three-year starter, Blake also runs track during the spring and has some impressive times in sprints to this point. In the 100 meters Blake's best time is 10.5 seconds. In the 200 the time is 21.6 seconds.

With two schools out in front and Auburn having to play catch up, Blake says for him his decision will come down to several factors. This weekend he says he'll see if Auburn has what he's looking for.

"All coaching staffs I've ever met and visited with were great, but the coaching staff is important," Blake says. "I want a family atmosphere and want to see how the guys get along and see how I relate to the guys. Education is a big part of things also."

DeQuinta Jones

A prospect from Bastrop, La., High, big defensive lineman DeQuinta Jones is also scheduled to be in Auburn for an official visit. He committed to Michigan, but has since backed off that some and is looking at several more schools including Arkansas and Auburn.


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