WR Blair ready to join Cardinals now

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One of the top prospects among the 25 commitments for the University of Louisville football team in the Class of 2014, Sandalwood High School wide receiver Desean Blair is having a big-time senior season. Cardinal Authority spent time with Blair and has an update on his play.

University of Louisville football commitment Desean Blair plays for a Jacksonville, Fla., Sandalwood High School team that has a ball control offense that doesn't throw the ball all over the field.

But that hasn't stopped Blair. .

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Blair is having a banner season for the Saints, who are 7-2 and made it to the Class 8-A Florida State playoffs for the first time in two seasons with a shutout of Mandarin two weeks ago. .

"I probably don't give him my just do some of the time," Sandalwood coach Adam Geis said. "There have been games when he caught six balls and games when he caught two. But he's a big-time player. .

"We can throw a fade to him at any time and he's so physical, he cracks (blocks) on linebackers all the time. He's a big-time player whether we use him or not." .

Cardinal Authority watched Blair two weeks ago against Mandarin when he hauled in three catches for 65 yards, including a fade route for a touchdown, a key third-down conversion and had a key block on two TD runs.

"You have to make the blocks," Blair said. "We work on being physical a lot. You have to be physical on the field. I just keep working hard.

"We had not been in the playoffs for two years, so this year is special."

Blair had 10 catches for 115 yards and one TD last week in a loss to First Coast and now has 11 TD catches this season.

And with Blair doing his best DeVante Parker impression, he laughed when asked and answered "three or four of them," are fades.

"He can jump and he's physical," Geis said. "We can throw it anytime. He's going to be a big asset at Louisville. He doesn't lift hard right now, so he's going to be a 6-foot-4, 220-pound Z receiver, a big-time possession receiver who runs a 4.5.

Blair said his role model is Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, noting that he "really looks up to him and what he can do" on the field.

And Geis said Blair has been "really working hard" to improve his craft.

"I have been working on coming out of my routes a lot quicker," Blair said. "I have been working on my jumping a lot, just everything really."

Blair said he still hears from some other schools but is solid on his commitment to U of L. His girlfriend can normally seen at his games wearing a U of L baseball cap and he said, "I just can't wait to get there."

"I feel like I can play next year," he said. "I have the drive to get better and to step in and make big plays. I think I can help them out."

Blair said he has been watching them all season and is likely to make his official visit sometime in early December.

"I know they had a tough loss to UCF, but they're doing great," he said. "I'm excited that I am going to be a part of that. Coach (Charlie) Strong was about 80 percent of a factor in me going there for college.

"I liked the city and the school also. But there are so many people down here know him and like him. It was a big factor."

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