Four-Star RB Says Auburn Is Still Number One

Running back Mike Blakely talks about his visit to Auburn for Big Cat Weekend and where the Tigers stand.

Bradenton, Fla.--A four-star running back prospect with offers from all over the country, Mike Blakely is an exceptional talent that has his life in order on the field and in the classroom. This past weekend the Manatee High standout made his second visit to Auburn to be a part of Big Cat Weekend and he said things went great as he got a second look at his favorite school at the moment.

"I had fun and met a lot of new people," Blakely said. "I met some of the people that were there when I went up the first time. I just laid back and kicked it with a lot of players that just enrolled in school. It was a pretty nice weekend.

"They're still number one," he said of Auburn. "They were number one coming into the weekend. They didn't go down any. They actually went up some. It's too early in the process to think about committing though. Once you commit you've got to keep your work to that commitment."

Like many of the other prospects that visited for Big Cat Weekend and the numerous guys that have visited the Auburn campus since Gene Chizik and his staff arrived, Blakely said you can't get around the word family when talking about the Tigers.

"My favorite part of the weekend was basically just getting away and enjoying myself," Blakely said. "Everything was fun. I enjoyed myself. I was with Michael Dyer, Trovon Reed and Dakota Mosley. Every time someone says something about Auburn they always say family. Everyone takes care of each other and everyone looks out for each other.

"I always feel like family when I go up there," he added. "When I walk into one of their rooms and sit on the couch or even lay down they don't have a problem with it or anything like that."

It's that relaxed atmosphere that is very appealing to Blakely. Laid back himself, he said he just gets a good feeling about Auburn's campus life and what he would be able to do if he chose the Tigers.

"It's basically the same thing for me," Blakely said. "It's a great school and a nice place to be. There's not too much of a party life, but not too much of a boring life. If you want to have fun you can have fun, but if you want to chill you can find people to hang with that don't go out."

As one of the top targets for Auburn in the class of 2011 at the running back position, a class the Tigers are expected to take two prospects in, Blakely finished his junior season with 1,400 yards rushing, 327 yards receiving and 227 yards on punt and kick returns. He had a total of 23 touchdowns. First Team All State RB for 5A classification.

In addition to Auburn, Blakely said he's also looking at Florida, Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, North Carolina, USC and Tennessee and has offers from all of his favorites. He plans to check out last least two of them in the coming weeks before taking a break for the summer.

"I probably won't go on another college trip until June 9," Blakely said. "I'll be going to camp at Clemson and then coming back down to South Carolina, then coming home."

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