Florida Transfer Considering UNC

Receiving a second chance at the recruiting process, Mike Blakely plans on taking a cautious approach.

"I'm just going to sit back and take my time this time," Blakely said. "I get to take my [official] visits, again. But I don't even know where, yet."

Blakely, a 5-9, 198-pound running back from Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee, enrolled at Florida in January, but decided this past week to transfer out of the school. When he enrolled, Urban Meyer was the Gators' head coach.

Although he's unsure of his next destination, Blakely says North Carolina, South Florida, and Southern Cal are the schools he's considering. He doesn't have a timetable for a decision or for when he'd like to enroll at his next school.

Early in his first recruitment, Blakely gave some consideration to UNC, but that quickly tapered off as Auburn and Florida emerged as the favorites to land the four-star prospect.

"I know [UNC] was on me pretty hard [during my recruitment]," Blakely said. "I knew if I backed away from Florida, they'd probably come [after me again]."

UNC assistant coach Allen Mogridge was his primary recruiting contact with the Tar Heels.

"I talked to [Mogridge] a lot before [I committed], but that kind of eased off a little bit [after I committed], though," Blakely said.

Blakely says he hasn't personally spoken to anyone from UNC since enrolling at Florida, but that his high school coach reached out to the Tar Heels' staff to gauge its interest level shortly after he was granted his release from Florida.

"I think my coach talked to them, but I haven't talked to [my coach] about [what they had to say]," Blakely said.

Blakely has, though, had conversations with representatives from South Florida and Southern Cal.

Later on this week, Blakely plans on taking a more serious approach to his transfer destination by personally reaching out to several schools.

Blakely discredited rumors that suggested one of the main reasons for his transfer was due to Florida's switch from a spread to a pro style offense, which UNC employs.

"There were a lot more reasons for why I left," Blakely said, but did not specify.

Shortly after arriving at Florida, a full body X-ray revealed that Blakely's left shoulder required surgery. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure in late January, which forced him to miss all of the Gators' spring practice.

"I'm back strong," Blakely said. "My shoulder is 100-percent, but I haven't been working out on it, yet."

Since he had enrolled at Florida, NCAA transfer rules require Blakely to sit out the 2011 season if he transfers to a Division I-A school. However, after sitting out the season he would have four years of eligibility remaining.

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