Blakeney takes visit, sets others
Antonio Blakeney’s recruitment is back in full swing. After backing off his pledge to Louisville a little over a month ago, the five-star guard has his list down to a working number and is starting to take visits. Blakeney told Scout.com the schools currently under consideration are Missouri, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina and North Carolina State. Blakeney took an official visit to Missouri two weekends ago. “I thought it was a really good visit and a surprising visit,” Blakeney explained to Scout.com. “You don’t know how good of a school it is and what’s to offer until you visit there.” Blakeney, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge, said he learned a lot about Missouri’s coaching staff during the visit. “What stood out the most was just how down to earth the coaches were,” he said. “Coach [Tim] Fuller, coach [Kim] Anderson and the new coach are real down to earth and I like how hard they worked their players. We watched a practice and I really liked how they worked their players. They held them accountable for everything they did.” With the Missouri trip down and having already taken an official visit to Louisville, Blakeney has three college visits left. His next trip will be to Kentucky the weekend of November 1st. “What sticks out the most [about Kentucky] is how coach Cal is for his players and he really wants his players to do well and make it to the next level,” Blakeney said. “Most every player wants to make it the next level and when you have a coach pushing you to do that it really benefits you,” he added. The weekend after he visits Kentucky, Blakeney is slated to take his official visit to LSU. “I haven’t gotten to visit there yet,” Blakeney said. “Right now I just really like the conversations I’m having with coach Johnny Jones and coach [David Patrick] and just the situation to be able to come in and play early.” After Blakeney completes his scheduled trips to Kentucky and LSU, he plans to do a trip to North Carolina to see UNC and North Carolina State. Blakeney hasn’t set a date for that trip, but mentioned that one of those visits will have to be an unofficial. UNC has recruited Blakeney for quite sometime and recently had an in-home visit with him. “I talk to them almost everyday,” Blakeney said about North Carolina. “I have a good relationship with coach Hubert [Davis] and coach [Roy] Williams. I talk to them a lot.” “It’s a big time program,” Blakeney said. “They have a great coach. Outside of Kentucky they have the most pros. They have a lot of pros come out of that school. That’s what I want to end up and that’s why I want to give them strong long.” Much like UNC, North Carolina State conducted a recent in-home visit with Blakeney. He said he’s been impressed with Mark Gottfried’s player development. “Just because they’re a program that develops good guards and they let their players play their game,” he said when asked what he liked about N.C. State. With the initial signing period less than a month away, perhaps the biggest question surrounding Blakeney’s recruitment is if he will sign early or late. At this point, that decision hasn’t been made. “I’m not sure,” Blakeney said. “Right now I’m probably thinking about making a late decision, but I’m not sure yet.”
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