2014 Intro: Jeb Blazevich

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is one of three schools to have already offered Jeb Blazevich, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Charlotte Christian School.

Scouting Report

"Obviously from a size standpoint, he puts defenses in a tough situation," Christian head coach Jason Estep said. "He's obviously too big for most corners… From an athletic standpoint, he gives defenses a lot of issues. He's too athletic for most ‘backers.

"He's a great route runner. He has unbelievable hands."

Prep Career

As a freshman, Blazevich began as both a junior varsity and varsity player playing both linebacker and wide receiver. Following the season opener, though, he was promoted to varsity full time, but only saw game action at wide receiver, because of Christian's depth at linebacker (due to its enrollment, Christian plays most of its players both ways).

The following season, Blazevich became a full-time, two-way starter at wide receiver and linebacker. His sophomore year stats included 513 yards receiving on 32 receptions on offense, and 69 tackles on defense.

"Our goal offensively is to try to move him around," Estep said. "So even when we're one back, we have the ability from a motion standpoint to move him into a fullback position. From a versatility standpoint, we can pretty much line him up anywhere – fullback, way out at wide receiver, we can put him at tight end."

Recruitment

Three schools have offered Blazevich – Duke, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He's also receiving significant interest from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Purdue.

Most schools plan to convert Blazevich to tight end.

"From a speed standpoint I don't think he's going to be that guy that's going to be able to get over top of guys," Estep said. "He's more of a five- to 12-yard route guy. He runs great routes and he understands spacing. I think he understands how to read defenses.

"I think he would play best in a system that plays a detached ‘Y' – maybe not a guy that's always attached to the line-of scrimmage and can motion back-and-forth to create mismatches.

"He's up to 240 pounds now and he's going to be with us for two more years, so I don't know how big he's going to get."

Noticing that he is quickly growing out of the wide receiver position, Blazevich consulted with Walt Bell, UNC's tight ends coach, about whether it will be difficult to move to tight end.

"He said, ‘Not really, because it's easier to teach the wide receivers how to block then to teach a big man how to go out and make moves,'" Blazevich said.

"Really, I have an open mind to [moving to tight end]. As long as I'm on the field, I'm happy – I'm one of those players. Wherever a coach wants to use me and put me, I'll be happy… You learn that you have a role to do and sometimes you're not going to be the star and sometimes you're going to need to be selfless. I'm prepared to do that."

A few schools have mentioned playing Blazevich on defense.

"Some schools just said, ‘We're going to just get you big and see where we're going to put you,'" Blazevich said. "But most schools know that I'm more of an offensive-geared mind."

With all the said, Blazevich's collegiate decision will be heavily influenced by the coaching staff and not by how he will be used.

"I prefer to catch passes, but I'm more concerned with who I'm going to be around," Blazevich said. "Maybe I go there and I catch five more passes or I go here and I might not catch as much but I'm playing for this man – that's going to make a difference to me."

Due to his criteria, Blazevich has placed a focus on getting to know the coaching staff during each visit he has made. Thus far, he has visited Auburn, Clemson, Duke, UNC, and South Carolina.

Blazevich visited UNC for its junior day in March.

"I just kind of went in to it with the goal of meeting the coaches," Blazevich said. "I think I talked to Coach [Gunter] Brewer one time on the phone before then. It turns out that they had heard about me and I got to get a real feel for North Carolina while I was up there. It sort of exceeded my expectations. And I ended up with an offer, which caught me off guard."

This summer, Blazevich plans to camp at Clemson, Duke, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Since it's so early in the recruiting process, Blazevich is hesitant to name any favorite schools.

"My only three options right now are the three offers I have, so those are the three most appealing schools," Blazevich laughed.

Blazevich's teammate Desmond Lawrence verbally committed to UNC over the weekend.

"I really respect and love Des and his opinion is very important, but his path in life isn't going to be like mine," Blazevich said. "I'm definitely going to use him as a resource. But I have to do what is right for me."

Lawrence is the latest Charlotte Christian player to continue his football career on the Division I-A level. Christian alumni can be found on Duke's, Notre Dame's, and Ohio State's rosters.

"They all want what's best for me – they don't really recruit me," Blazevich said of Christian's former players. "They are going to give me advice. It's not like ‘Come to this school.' It's really priceless to take and get their wisdom."

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