Q&A With Auburn Signee Emory Blake

Receiver Emory Blake talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about his decision to sign with Auburn.

How much of a relief is it for you now that the recruiting process is over?
Oh it's a huge relief. It's weight off my shoulders and now I can just be confident in the school that I'm going to and I can train hard and get ready for next season because I plan to do big things when I get there.

I know you looked hard at Texas Tech, Colorado and Auburn. How difficult of a decision was it for you?
I was staying up late at night and not getting much sleep the last couple of weeks so it was a tough decision. It's the biggest decision you've made in your life, especially up to this point. I relieved that it's over.

What was it about Auburn that you liked so much?
I believe that with the new coaching staff coming in and the new scheme that they have set up, the players that they already have and the players we have coming in, that equals out to something great. We have a chance to do something great. Playing in the SEC and if we win the games we're supposed to we could shock the world.

Did you seek advice from your parents and coaches or anybody else?
Definitely. Me and my parents talked about it every day. We had in-depth conversations, not just going over football stuff, but overall school and what's going to be best for me. Not just as a football player but as a person also.

And your father (Jeff Blake) had been through this process before, how much did that help?
He didn't go through it as in depth. He was a black quarterback in 1988 so that wasn't common. He wasn't highly recruited out of high school so he went to East Carolina.

When did you actually know that it was going to be Auburn for sure?
When I signed on the dotted line. It was tough. You always have second thoughts. ‘Is it going to be the right place for me?' With these big decisions sometimes you've just got to go with your heart, go with your gut feeling and what you think is right, and that's what I did.

Emory Blake makes a catch for Austin High. He caught 64 passes for 936 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.

What were you thinking last night when you went to bed? Did you know?
I didn't go to bed last night. Really though, I only had two hours of sleep last night. Stuff was going through my head, ‘Is Auburn the right place for me? Is Texas Tech better or is Auburn better?' I was going back and forth constantly. That's the situation I was in?

How did your announcement go for you at the school this morning?
I had the three hats set out and we had a whole ceremony. There were a lot of family and friends there and media people there. I picked the Auburn hat up and that was my decision.

Now that signing day is over with and recruiting is out of the way, do you have anything else going on this spring?
I'm just going to train as hard as I possibly can to get ready. That's it.

Do you know when you'll be moving to Auburn?
As soon as school gets over, I'll be there.

How many offers did you have total?

The last two or three weeks, how many phone calls were you getting per night?
I was probably getting 10 to 15 football related phone calls a day.

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