Blakely Showed His Stuff at FNL

Mike Blakely was one of my top performers and talked about playing under the lights on Friday night at The Swamp. The nation's No. 29 ranked running back checks in at 5-9 and 192 pounds with 4.45 speed from Bradenton (FL) Manatee.

"I had a real good time," Mike Blakely said. "I thought I did really good last night at the camp. I hurt my knee a little bit but other than that it was real fun. I spent some time with Coach Drayton, not a whole lot of time but we had a chance to talk. My coach was ready to go last night because we had to get straight to a 7-on-7 tournament today but we got put out finishing in third place."

The camp seemed to run longer than year's, and the Blakely camp needed to leave because of their obligation on Saturday.

"I have no other plans for the summer. We are getting ready for practice. After the visit nothing has changed my teams are all still the same with Florida, Auburn and South Carolina."

My Take:
Blakely holds offers from powerhouse programs such as Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, USC and West Virginia. He camped at Florida, South Carolina and Clemson but look for this to come down to the Tigers (Auburn), Gators and Gamecocks. His cousin plays for Nebraska, quarterback Brion Carnes so keep an eye on the Cornhuskers. Also, Blakely is very close with current South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders so maybe look for the Ole Ball Coach to make a move for Blakely.

As it stands today I would say the top three in order looks like Florida, Auburn and South Carolina but there is a long way to go until National Signing Day. Mike Bellamy was a surprise visitor for FNL this year and at the end of the day I am not so sure that Florida will make a move before they are well aware of the intentions of Bellamy and one James Wilder. I love what Mike Blakely brings to the table and think he is way under the radar and will make a great college running back I'm just not sure it will be for the University of Florida, not yet anyway.

Scout.Com Take:
Blakely has really developed over the years, he was a break your ankles type as a freshmen and now is all of 5-9, 185. He still has excellent quickness and acceleration, but has lost some of the deep speed. He was very durable as a junior carrying the load all the way to the state title game. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a smart, heady blocker, particularly against pass rushers. -Geoff Vogt, Florida Recruiting Analyst.
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