Blake Could Decide Soon

Olive Branch defensive back Sanchez Blake drew early interest from SEC schools such as Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. While those schools were among the first suitors, Blake has seen his recruitment dominated by some other programs not so far from home.

"The main ones are Memphis, Arkansas State, Troy, Southern Miss and MTSU," Blake said. "I have offers from all of them. I camped at Memphis and right now they are my leader. They aren't too far from home and they've been winning a lot of games.

"The main thing for me is go somewhere the feels like home, where they treat me like family and I can win."

Speaking of winning, Olive Branch has traditionally been one of the top programs within the Magnolia State. A few weeks back, the Conquistadors hired former Petal and Southern Miss coach Steve Buckley.

Blake reports that the team has responded well to Buckley's hiring in the early going.

"The transition has been good," Blake said. "He knows what he is doing. I feel like we're going to have a good team this year and we should make a good run to the playoffs."

On Thursday, Olive Branch took part in the DeSoto County 7-on-7 challenge, a tournament they won. Blake believes the competition was a good experience for both he and his team.

"It feels good to compete against our rivals," Blake said. "The first game I was a little stiff, but I am getting loose now and getting into the rhythm. I think I have done pretty good. I could have done better, but I feel like I was solid."

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