Blazevich Watching Season Closely

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Jeb Blazevich credits North Carolina for jumpstarting his recruitment.

"Pretty much, the University of North Carolina, they were my kickoff school," said Blazevich, a junior at Charlotte (N.C.) Christian who projects as one of the state's top 2014 prospects. "They were the first school to come in and verbally offer me and after that it was a waterslide. After that it went to Duke to South Carolina to Georgia, Ohio State – it just progressed from there."

In total, 17 schools have offered have offered the 6-4, 240-pound tight end. In addition to the aforementioned schools, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have also offered.

Being the first to offer provided UNC any early start in pursuing Blazevich.

"I got to know them real early and real fast, because nobody else [had offered] so I was like ‘Shoot, I have to get up there all the time,'" Blazevich said. "I really got to know their coaching staff a lot. I really got to know Coach [Walt] Bell. I've talked with Coach [Larry] Fedora and Coach [Gunter] Brewer, a lot. I just really like their coaching staff."

Besides UNC, Blazevich has visited Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Most of those visits occurred over the summer.

The visits have allowed a group of schools to emerge as favorites for Blazevich. However, he's not prepared to reveal those schools just yet.

"I do have somewhat of a leaderboard," Blazevich said. "But in terms of how the season goes, I really need to still stay open, because if somebody does awful, he gets fired and he brings his own guys in and I don't know the position coach… It's not so much the record, but really it's the stability of the coaches and who's going to be there."

Once the dust settles from the 2012 season, Blazevich plans to reevaluate his favorite schools list and then release it. The schools that remain standing will be the only schools Blazevich will focus on from that point forward.

"I have some favorites, but it's still pretty much up for grabs," Blazevich said.

Blazevich "definitely" plans to make a verbal commitment before next summer.

"I'd love to be committed as soon as I possible," Blazevich said. "I'm antsy. I'm excited. I want to commit [and] wear the shirt.

"But I know these things take time and I'm going to need to pray about it. I've talked to a lot of guys on my visits and a lot of them are saying [when they committed] ‘Man, it just felt right.' And so I feel like I need to go there and feel what's right for me and where God wants me."

Throughout the recruiting process, Blazevich will lean on three main individuals – his father, head football coach Jason Estep, and teammate and UNC verbal commitment Desmond Lawrence.

"Without Des, I wouldn't be in the spot I'm in right now," Blazevich said. "If Des didn't go to some of these schools, they wouldn't be coming by. And then through that, other schools wouldn't be coming by.

"Between Des, my dad, and my coach, I feel like I can't fail. He has definitely helped me and will continue to help me. And he's trying to recruit me too."

Related Links:
* 2014 Intro: Jeb Blazevich
* Jeb Blazevich Profile

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