Blake Enjoys Junior Day

Part of building a great recruiting class is keeping Pennsylvania's always talented crop of athletes in state. Harrisburg, Pa., native Shariff Blake is just one of many talented juniors that attended Pitt's junior day today and the linebacker was certainly impressed with his experience on campus.

Shariff Blake, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound linebacker visited Pittsburgh today for their first junior day and had great things to say about his time on campus. Although Blake has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, it may only be a matter of time.

"When we split up into groups the linebacker coach was talking about how they wanted people who played with great instincts and could make plays," Blake explained. "He also said that they put their best players on the field, regardless of age, so we'd all have a chance to play early if we showed the ability to."

"My recruiting coach is Coach (Brian) Angelichio and he's a nice dude," Blake said. "He said that he liked how me and Adrian Robinson play and let me know that (Head Coach) Dave Wannstedt would be visiting Harrisburg to talk to both of us in May."

Like all prospects attending junior day, Blake attended the Pittsburgh basketball game against Washington, which ended in a narrow 65-61 victory.

"The basketball game was just loud and crazy," Blake stated. "People were jumping up and down and rowdy. The atmosphere was just crazy and I was loving it the whole time."

"This visit got me thinking about going to Pitt. They made me feel welcome there and the coaches were showing me a lot of love, so I felt right at home. Oh my God! The facilities were beautiful too. They were real nice and I loved it there. The visit was a 10 out of 10 right off the bat."

As a junior at Harrisburg High, Blake made 90 tackles, 13 coming for a loss, had 12 sacks and made two interceptions, earning himself All-Conference honors.

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