Baylor Recruiting Series: Jourdan Blake

In Part II of our BearsIllustrated Baylor Recruiting Series, we check in with 2014 DB commit Jourdan Blake.

A boy's relationship with his father, is one of the most important relationships that will exist throughout his life. I am entering my 30's and still lean on my father when times get tough. The same can be said for Jourdan Blake, and the relationship he has with his father. The Princeton (TX) HS product, credits his father for helping him be the kind of person he is today. "My dad has taught me and stressed to me the things I need to do to get to where I wanna be," the younger Blake said, "he has a lot to do with the person I am today and I thank him for that."

Being the star for your high school football team, and having to wade through several D-1 football offers can been taxing for even the most grounded person, much less an 17-18 yr old kid. Jourdan's father is a respected name in coaching circles, most notably as the head coach at The University of Oklahoma. So when it came to recruiting, Jourdan had someone who has been through that process. "My dad has been involved with football on all levels as a coach, so he had that wisdom and experience that of course helped in the recruiting process. He still let me handle the recruiting process and of course my decision," Blake said. "He didn't influence my decision as much when it came to Baylor, that's something I fell in love with and he was 100% behind me."

The relationship with his father has carried over to his high school coaches and on to his future coaches at Baylor. "This year we brought in a new OC/QB coach. He's great for me and the offense. He brought in a new style of offense this year and the way he's laid it out to us and coached it to us, it's been easy to pick up." But his relationship with his position coach goes further than that. "Coach Waddle is the coach I am closest to and talk to the most," Blake said. "I talk to Coach Waddle about more than football. He's a great coach and person!"

As for Baylor, Jourdan has been able to build a relationship with his future position coach. "The coaches I keep in contact with the most are Coach Buckles and Coach Gush. They are the first coaches I talked to when the whole recruiting process began. I communicate a lot with Coach Buckles. I enjoyed meeting him on junior day and spending time with him during two Baylor camps." These relationships have helped to solidify Jourdan's commitment to Baylor. "I don't plan on taking my 5 visits. A few schools told me their not giving up, but things have been quiet ever since my commitment. I am sold with Baylor."

On the football field, Princeton has raced out to a 3-0 start, after a Friday night victory over Commerce. One would think that after losing 24 seniors going in to the 2013 season would be tough, Blake says "people are doing a great job of stepping up and filling those roles this year." Jourdan is playing on both sides of ball, offense and defense, and feels like he is able to contribute. He says that he has worked on his conditioning, which helps on the defensive side of the ball. On the offensive side of the ball, Jourdan says that the offense has been rolling. Their WR corp is a strength and so he has been concentrating on making sure he gets the ball out to those playmakers to make plays on offense. Seems like it has worked out for them, with their quick start to the season.

BearsIllustrated will have stats up later this weekend from Jourdan's game. As well, we will check in with him later this season to see how things are going. Head to BearsIllustrated.com for more discussion on Jourdan and all of Baylor's 2014 and 2015 recruits.


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