OL Blake Slates is garnering attention

Lexington Paul Dunbar High School has one of the state's top offensive lineman prospects in Blake Slates.

Blake Slates (6'3, 260) is preparing for his senior season at Lexington's Paul Dunbar High School without the assistance of a head coach. Mark Peach, who guided Dunbar to the 4A Finals in 2002, left the school in early January to become the head coach at Campbellsville College.

While most teams around the state have started or are gearing up for spring practice, Blake Slates and his teammates and working out in the weight room as they wait for a new head coach to be named.

"It's tough right now," said Slates. "We are waiting for a new coach right now, but we're all excited to get started."

Slates is impressive in the weight room, benching 270 and squating 460.

Not having a head coach is also making it difficult to decide on where to camp in the coming months. Slates told me that he hopes to camp at Louisville, but is unsure were he will end up going.

However, it hasn't stopped the letters expressing interest from college programs throughout the region from pouring in.

"I'm getting letters from U of L, Alabama, Virginia, South Carolina and some others," explained Slates. "I haven't received any offers yet though."

He also told me that he received a letter from Kentucky "some time ago, but hasn't heard from them since."

Slates, who says that he will keep all of his options open, lists his current favorites as Kentucky, Louisville, Alabama and Georgia.

He is currently holding a 3.4 GPA.


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