Blake King is a junior offensive lineman for Minooka Community High School. He suffered an MCL sprain in his knee which forced him to the sidelines for a brief period. But he was still pleased with his season.
"My junior season went really well. I actually got injured, so I had to sit out for two games. But I came back, and I am perfectly healthy now.
My team went 6-3 and made the playoffs, but we lost in the first round. I thought overall the season went really well, I improved every week, and it was a success."
After a disappointing end to his junior season, King has high hopes heading into his final year.
"Next season, I think our team is going to do really well. I hope we will go very deep in the playoffs and make a run at a state championship."
King recently attended the Illinois Junior Day to explore Illinois and its rejuvenated football staff. He shared his thoughts on the experience.
"I was shown all of the facilities, and I got to talk to most of the coaches there. I talked to head coach Beckman, and I also talked to Coach (Luke) Butkus a lot. I thought the visit went pretty well. I learned a lot about the school."
Butkus, the Illini offensive line coach, has been recruiting King, talking to him several times and gaining a positive vibe.
"I think he is a great guy, and it seems like he will be a really good coach."
Standing 6'-4", 265 pounds, King will play either offensive guard or tackle in college. He will need to add muscle weight before college, but that may not be a big challenge. King weighed 235 pounds during his junior season but has gained 30 pounds since. He shared some other things he needs to improve.
"A weakness is sometimes I don't always stay on my block long enough. I would also like to keep working on my pass blocking."
He also shared several strengths he sees within his game.
"I would say I am a pretty good run blocker, but I am still good with my pass blocking. And I am really aggressive."
King has no college offers, but he has been talking to Western Michigan, Ball State, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Northern and Southern Illinois, and a few more. He anticipates visits from college coaches soon.
"Coach Fitzgerald from Northwestern has already visited, and he is coming to my school again soon. Also, the Western Michigan coach is visiting me and I plan on taking a visit up there too."