Blakesley: Battle for Kansas prospect

Mark Mangino has placed an emphasis on luring in-state players to KU to compete in football over his 2 and-a-half year tenure. The Kansas coaching staff is battling K-State for a tackle from Ottawa, Kansas in Caleb Blakesley. Blakesley has received offers from both schools, and is also attracting interest from Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Colorado State.

The 6'5" 270 pound linemen sees pros and cons with both KU and KSU. The Jayhawks have been recruiting Blakesley the longest which bodes well for Mangino and company.

Another KU advantage includes possible immediate playing time.

"That is a big deal because the point of the game is to play," said Blakesley. "It's hard for even the most patient people to sit on the sidelines. I want to play football when I get to college."

Blakesley feels he could potentially play as a freshmen at Kansas, and it could possibly be his sophomore of junior year before he would see the field at KSU.

"Being a part of something special is always good, but it's better when you can contribute to it."

Blakesley was at KU on Tuesday (June 15th) working out in a camp for high school players. He's been to Manhatten as well for similar adventures. It was at a camp at KSU earlier this Summer when Blakesley had a chance to chat with Bill Snyder.

"He's a very humble yet prestigious man. He knows his accomplishments but he's down to earth like anybody else. Coach Snyder is a very good coach."

The Ottawa native shares what else impresses him about the Wildcats.

"They're a good school. I like the campus over there because Manhatten is very much a football town. Everything there is about Wildcat football. Their program is well respected and well grounded. They know what they're doing and they do a good job."

Blakesley also had many positive things to say regarding Kansas University and the football program in Lawrence.

"I really like it in Lawrence. Being from Ottawa, I know the town and I'm comfortable with the coaches. Coach Mangino has been at the base of many other great programs that he helped build from the ground up. He may not have the same prestige nationally (like Snyder) as of right now, but I think he's on the right track."

Blakesley attended most of KU's home games last season, he indicated the Missouri game was his favorite highlight.

The small town football star plans on working out and preparing for his senior season this Summer. Blakesley plans on making a college decision sometime this Fall during or just after Ottawa's season. If football falls through for some strange reason, track is a realistic college option. Blakesley won the state championship in the shot put with an eye opening throw of 62'3". The personal best mark for Blakesley ranked in the top 20 nationally for high schoolers this year.


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