Blakley Won't Rush Things

The Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) 2014 tight end, Chase Blakley, doesn't plan to make any early decision...

Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) tight end Chase Blakley (6-4, 216), is one of the top prospects in the Northwest in the 2014 class, and he's already got four offers.

"Washington, Eastern Washington, Idaho and Idaho State have offered me, and a few more schools are really interested," said Blakley.

Most of the interest is from the Pac-12, but a couple of Big Ten programs are also expressing interest in Blakley.

"UCLA, Cal and Utah are most of the big ones from the Pac-12, but I'm also hearing from Nebraska and I'm getting some interest from Michigan," said Blakley.

In fact, Blakley said that the Utes and Bruins could be the next schools to offer.

"Utah has been talking a lot with me and I've been talking a lot to UCLA and they could be too," said Blakley. "My trainer has some connections at USC and UCLA and he's getting them my tape."

Blakley said that Washington is a school he's watched closely, particularly to watch how they use Mackey Award finalist Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

"I'm getting recruited mostly as an inside, stand up tight end, like in Washington's offense," said Blakley. "I like watching Austin play. He stands up but he also gets down. I love blocking too. Coach (Justin) Wilcox and Coach Tosh (Lupoi) are recruiting me to Washington. I was also talking a lot with Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) when he was at UCLA but now he's moved to Washington."

Blakley plans to do a number of camps this summer.

"I will probably head over to Nebraska and then down to UCLA and I'll also go to Washington's against and then Utah's too," said Blakley.

Blakley got back out in the mix earlier this month at the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio.

"It was a great experience for me," said Blakley. "I was on vacation in California and got some work in with my trainer, and the combine went well. I wish I could have gotten a few more reps in the 1-on-1's, but overall it was pretty good."

Blakley said he's in no hurry to make a decision, with 13 months until he can sign.

"I'm definitely going to wait a while, at least until after next football season," said Blakley. "I'd like to see what offers I get."

In the meantime, Blakley is looking to add more weight and muscle, while keeping his speed.

"I want to get up to at least 225 by my senior year," said Blakley.

Brandon is in his eighth year with, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the network since 2003.
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