Terp's Eye on the Future…Blake Countess

2011 prospect Blake Countess of Good Counsel High School (Olney, MD) transferred to Good Counsel this season and is making the most of the change. The talented defensive back is having a great season and is showing college coaches why he received two offers before his junior year.

Blake Countess is a talented junior that has the athletic skills coaches love. He played well in the summer passing leagues this summer and has carried that momentum over to this season. He transferred to Good Counsel this year and he has made an immediate impact. He has already received an offer from Maryland and Wisconsin. He is a smooth fast player. He excels on defense but also plays as a return specialist and can play wide receiver as well.

Few players receive offers before their junior season but Countess did just that this summer from Maryland and Wisconsin. He has good cornerback size standing 5'11" and weighing 180 lbs. He has very good speed and quickness (4.48 forty). On the season Countess has 32 tackles and 3 passes broken up. He also returns punts and can return kicks as well. He and his team are now 7-1 and a favorite to play for the conference championship again this season.

Countess has been to Maryland and really likes it there. He really likes the coaches as well. He has said that Maryland shows him a lot of love. This is a good sign as Maryland has seen a recent trend of higher profile recruits leaving the state to play elsewhere. The state has much more talent these days and there will always be great players that want to play at another school but the more Maryland stays in the mix for these players the better for the perception of the program. The Terp's coaches have clearly put an emphasis on targeting the state's best players as early as possible and Countess is another one on their early list. They are establishing solid relationships with these players and Countess has already commented on the attention and rapport with the Maryland coaches. They are in as good a position as they can be right now. Countess probably won't commit early as he will certainly receive many more offers but Maryland seems to be in good shape for the anticipated recruiting battle for Countess.

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