"Nothing but interest in Clemson"

Clemson was the first school to offer this 2011 Florida running back that's keeping quiet on the few schools that he's considering. Could Clemson's early offer have the Tigers in good position?

RB Mike Blakely Profile

"I have nothing but interest in Clemson," Manatee High School (Bradenton) junior running back Mike Blakely said.

When asked by CUTigers if Clemson's early offer could help the Tigers' cause as he approaches a decision, he said, "Yes."

"I have some schools that I'm really thinking about…I'm keeping those to myself, because you never know what could happen," Blakely said.

Along with Clemson, some of his other offers include: Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas Tech, Purdue and Nebraska.

"Most schools are recruiting me to play running back, some are recruiting me to play corner. I'm pretty sure I'll be playing some wildcat wherever I go," he said. "I would be playing running back at Clemson."

Florida was the only school that hosted Blakely for a Junior Day and he's yet to make any solid plans for trips later on this spring for practices or games.

"I'm going to try to get to Clemson, if I can. I'm just going to see how things work out," he said.

Blakely visited Tigertown as a freshman in high school.

"I went to a camp in a different part of South Carolina. When we drove down, we passed Clemson. I stopped and looked at the school," he said.

Don't expect Blakely to make a decision anytime soon. "I'm just waiting it out as long as possible," he said.

Offensive line coach Brad Scott is Blakely's main recruiter from Clemson.

"I speak to him as much as possible," Blakely said. "We probably talked last about two weeks ago.

"He speaks to me about the things I can do to elevate their offense."

As a junior, Blakely ran for 1,323 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 30 passes for 313 yards and another two scores. He was also selected to the 5-A All State first team as a running back.

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