Wyatt Blake is already gearing up for a whirlwind camp season.
Several programs have been making their way to see the rising junior offensive lineman from Crystal Lake, Ill., at Central High School. Notre Dame and Penn State dropped by Tuesday. Missouri reached out through a phone call to Blake’s coach.
Most have come with some interest and an invitation for Blake to visit for a camp in the next month. Blake is already looking to lock in a detailed camp slate.
“Indiana and Minnesota said they’d offer me soon but they’re kinda waiting,” Blake said. “Other schools want me to come up to their camps. Pretty much everyone has told me that. I’m gonna try to hit up the camps that I most likely have a chance to get an offer from.”
Notre Dame has been keeping tabs on the 6-foot-4, 300-pound prospect for some time.
Blake visited for a game last season and followed up by returning this spring. Associate head coach Mike Denbrock, who doubles as area recruiter in Chicagoland, stopped Tuesday at Central High to follow up.
Blake has found his stops in South Bend enlightening.
“I visited for a game last year and that was really eye opening,” Blake said. “This spring I visited again and I haven’t heard from them since they came in. But they’ve been around for awhile.”
Every time Blake has been on campus the Notre Dame vibe strikes him as different than other programs.
“The way they treated you is definitely better than other schools. Then just the tradition and how the players were. It was pretty awesome. Everyone says Notre Dame is different and it definitely is different than any other school.”
Blake expects Notre Dame to be on the upcoming camp schedule. Others in the mix include Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin. Blake is also looking to attend a satellite camp attended by Purdue and Missouri, among others.
Right now he’s sitting on one offer: Central Michigan.
“Relieving and extremely exciting,” Blake said. “I feel like I’ve been waiting on it for a long time, so I’m glad it finally.”
Moving into camp season, Blake hopes to impress programs in evaluation mode, particularly those that haven’t seen him since sophomore film circulated.
“I wanna show them that I’ve gotten a lot stronger,” Blake said. “I’ve put on like 40 pounds since that film. I wanna show them that I’m bigger. I have better feet. I’m faster than I was back then. I want to just show them that I’m a better athlete than I was back then.”