Four-Star Blakely Enjoys Auburn Camp

Talented running back Mike Blakely talks about his Auburn camp visit and what he likes about the Tigers.

Manatee, Fla.--Running back Mike Blakely is no stranger to Auburn's campus having visited several times, but on Saturday he got a chance to show his skills for the first time on the Plains as he took part in a Senior Mini-Camp. Explosive and showing the versatility to be a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, he said for him it was just a chance to have some fun and compete.

"It went well," Blakely said. "I haven't ran a 40 in a long time and I actually ran well until I stumbled. When I ran well it just kind of set it off for me. I did well the whole camp. Really I just wanted to go out and have fun. When I saw everybody else doing good I decided to get out there and give it 100 percent. Every drill I did I went 100 percent. I can run routes because that's what I do for my team. I'm very versatile."

Very familiar with Auburn, Blakely was joined by several teammates for Saturday's camp and he took the opportunity to act as a tour guide for some of the trip. He said for him every visit to Auburn becomes easier and easier because he's gotten used to everything about the campus and program.

"It makes it so much better now that I know my way around," Blakely said. "I know the people. I'm pretty much in the driver's seat when I go there. It's just fun because I know so much stuff around there.

"It was great," he added. "Every time I've been there I've done something different. The first time we just chilled. I went to A-Day. The second time was Big Cat Weekend and that was just hanging around. Saturday was actually competing against other people."

Even though Blakely said he's getting more and more comfortable with Auburn on each visit, he admits that's something that comes along with the recruiting process when you travel around and meet different people, all of which are on their best behavior for you.

"Basically it's like that at every school," Blakely said. "Every time I go to a different school I like it that much more. It really helps going to a school more than one time. I have narrowed my list down to seven and I have some pretty good schools right now. I know it's going to be very hard to pick."

One of the biggest things Auburn has going for it with Blakely is more than just a feeling of the campus and program, it's a relationship he's built with the coaching staff. He said that he just has a special bond with Gene Chizik and his entire staff and that's big for him.

"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."

Planning to take his time before making a decision, Blakely has Auburn, Florida and South Carolina as a definite three in his remaining seven schools and plans to visit Auburn on Sept. 25 for the game against the Gamecocks.


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