UCF Growing on Bortles

UCF was Blake Bortles' first offer and soon after the Knights made their interest official, other schools jumped in. Colorado State, Purdue and Tulane have also offered Bortles and it stands to reason that the Oviedo (Fla.) quarterback will be picking up even more after completing a 13 day trip in which he went to a ton of schools.

"I left the day school got out and got back on the 20th," Bortles told InsideKnights.com. "I went to camps at Arkansas, Clemson, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Ole Miss and Tennessee."

Bortles said he had some up and downs at camps, but his up days caught the eyes of a few SEC schools.

"I was on and off. I thought I was the strongest quarterback at Ole Miss. I'm not the top ranked quarterback around, you're not going to see my name all over Scout or Rivals, I just wanted to show schools that I could play. I talked to Coach Petrino (Arkansas' head coach) and he gave me his number. I'm on Ole Miss' board now too. I just wanted to open some eyes."

Bortles didn't come away with any offers during his tour of the nation, but he feels that some could be on the way.

"Ole Miss has another camp on July 25th and they promised some other kids that they'd take a look at them. They'll call me on the 26th and we'll talk about an offer then. Clemson is interested too, they want to know a little more."

Out of all the offers Bortles has accumulated, Tulane might be the most intriguing one. The Green Wave has offered Bortles as a tight end and while it may not be ideal, Bortles said he won't rule out the school because if he blew out his arm, it would be a nice possibility.

Is one offer standing out to Bortles though? He is not the type of guy to name a favorite, but he had nothing but positive things to say about UCF.

"Coach Collins is unbelievable, he's awesome at what he does. We have a good relationship. I call to talk to him a lot and it's usually not about football, we just talk about stuff."

Purdue has also kept in contact with Bortles but he hasn't heard from Colorado State recently.

The Knights have some other reasons to be optimistic. Bortles' teammate (both in football and baseball,) Trevor Berry, has already committed to UCF on a baseball scholarship and he talks to Bortles about coming to UCF.

"He's always talking about watching my football games and me coming to see his baseball games."

UCF also used to be somewhat of a long shot because Bortles wanted to move away from home, which is less than 10 minutes from UCF, but that isn't the case any longer.

"It used to be the fact that no matter what, I wanted to leave. Now though I really don't care, I just want to go to a school that fits me the best. If it's UCF, if it's in New York, if it's in Washington, I'll go wherever."

Originally, Bortles intended to make his decision before the summer ended. Now he's going to commit on a "whenever it feels right" basis. So UCF fans might have to old out till at least after July 26 to see if Bortles will be a Knight.
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