Blake will visit Boulder, KU offers

When the Texas Longhorns come to Boulder to kickoff Big 12 Conference play next month against Colorado, one of the best prep players from Austin, Texas, will be in the stadium watching from the opposite sideline on his official recruiting visit with the Buffs.

Emory Blake, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver prospect from Austin High School has scheduled only one visit so far, and says he has narrowed his list of choices from 20 offers down to six or seven schools.

The Buffs are obviously one of his favorites to this point. He says he is developing a strong relationship with wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau.

"I really like coach Kiesau a lot, and it sounded like where I can come in and compete for a starting job freshman year," Blake said. "They sound like they have a good class coming in. They have a beautiful campus and they're in the Big 12."

Kansas became the latest school to offer a scholarship over the Labor Day weekend, and the Jayhawks made the first cut as Blake tries to decide which schools he will visit with his remaining four official visits.

Blake said he has narrowed his list of schools to Colorado, Missouri, Texas Tech, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon and Kansas.

"Kansas offered me today," Blake said. "So that kind of shook things up a little bit."

Blake also holds a grayshirt offer from Texas, but he would prefer to start his college career on time instead of delaying it a semester. He said he likes Texas and it is unfortunate the Longhorns don't have any scholarships available.

"I don't think I would take it over any regular offer," he said of the grayshirt offer.

Blake started his season with a solid 250 all-purpose yards, three touchdown catches and one touchdown pass last week. He returns kickoffs but not punts for his high school team. Blake said he hopes to become an all-around weapon in the mold of Reggie Bush, a player whom he has admired for about five years.

Blake said the only school to bring up the possibility of a position change is Missouri, which has talked to him about playing either wide receiver or running back.

Blake said the opportunity for early playing time is something he covets, but it isn't necessarily the driving force in his decision. He hopes to study business in college and earn a degree in business finance.

Everybody wants to play," Blake said. "I mean, it's not that big a factor, but it would be nice to come in and at least compete for a job."


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