Kearney Catholic star hearing from Nebraska

Where do you play Blake Cover? It's a question that he can't even answer. In the end what matters is results and Blake is a proven winner. In football he led his team to the playoffs and lost in the semi-finals and in basketball he was part of a state championship team.

If there are questions about where you would play Blake Cover then it's good to know that any place you play him you are playing a very good athlete. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds Blake can still cover the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. He has outstanding athleticism for his size and claims that is his biggest strength.

"My strength playing quarterback is probably my athleticism, but I guess my arm strength is pretty good. I haven't really compared myself to anyone before," Cover said.

"Last season I only played quarterback off and on. I only started one game at that position. In that game though I was 14 for 17 and two of those incompletions were drops. I started at safety and wide receiver normally. This year though I will play quarterback. We run a West Coast Offense."

Besides being successful on the hard-court and the gridiron, Blake is also successful on the baseball diamond, throwing the shot and discus and also in the classroom.

"I really play third base and short stop primarily in baseball. I can also play pitcher and catcher. They could really play me anywhere. In track I throw the shot and the discus. I will probably also run the 400 and maybe a relay or something. I am currently also carrying a 3.88 GPA and scored a 20 on my ACT."

It's clear that Blake wants to do his best at whatever he does. He first took the ACT as a junior last year. With his GPA and the score he received he is fully qualified. However, Blake is getting ready to re-take the test again to do better.

It's this kind of attitude on the gridiron that have teams taking notice of him. Blake is currently getting mail from Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas State, Kansas, Colorado, Colorado State, Vanderbilt, Air Force and Navy. It's clear though who is sending the most mail.

"Iowa and Nebraska are sending the most mail. I haven't gotten a lot of mail from the others. Nebraska and Iowa aren't really my top two because I am still open."

This past weekend Blake was able to take in Junior Day in Lincoln and liked what he saw.

"We went to Lincoln yesterday for Junior Day. I got to meet the coaches. I met Bill Callahan, the position coaches and the recruiter for our area, Scott Downing."

"It went really well. We got to see practice. There were probably about 50 or so other high school juniors there."

This summer is tough to plan for Blake. Between his baseball games it's tough to find the time to get to a camp. He is however planning on attending the quarterback camp at Nebraska-Omaha.

Last year Blake raked in the offers as a safety. He was All-Territory, All-State Honorable Mention, All-Conference and All-District. Kearney Catholic High School in Kearney, Neb. competes in Class C-1.

Bryan Munson can be contacted at

Big Red Report Top Stories