Blake wants to talk

If Colorado football fans have learned anything during this recruiting cycle, it's that they should never count out coach Dan Hawkins until the ink is dried on national letters of intent. Days after defensive end Nick Kasa changed his pledge from Florida to CU another recruit is considering making a switch from Lubbock, Texas, to Boulder.

Emory Blake, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Austin, Texas, thought he was sure he wanted to go to Texas Tech when he gave Red Raiders coach Mike Leach his pledge in the fall, but he's never been able to get his visit to Colorado out of his head, and he's still considering the Buffs.

Blake said Dan Hawkins is scheduled to visit his home the weekend of Jan. 23 and Leach will probably come later. Once he has met with both coaches, he will choose a school.

What will be the determining factor?

"You know what?" Blake said. "I don't really know. That's why I'm having them come in and see what they are trying to sell to me. I guess we'll see what they say when they come."

One reason Blake has remained in contact with the Buffs is his relationship with wide receivers coach Eric Kiesau. He is not the first recruit to mention being close with Kiesau during this recruiting cycle. Several other wide receiver prospects have said they think of Kiesau as a friend. Some have become Buffs. Others have gone elsewhere.

"I think I've always had CU in the back of my mind," Blake said. "I've become really close with coach Kiesau and we've just always had a good relationship. I mean, I guess it's just never really left my mind. I've just always thought about if Tech was the right decision for me. I guess not being 100 percent sure after a long period of time made me de-commit and change my decision.

Blake has been able to focus his attention entirely on school and recruiting for the past six weeks. He said track season begins in a week and he is looking forward to competing in the sprints for his school.

Blake runs the 100, 200 and 4x100 meter sprints. Blake had more than 1,700 all-purpose yards and 16 touchdowns during his senior season at Austin High School in the fall.


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