Blake Awaits Pitt Offer

Harrisburg, Pa. High School's Shariff Blake is playing the waiting game right now.

While several other linebackers are at the top of every recruiting list in the East, Shariff Blake follows right after them. Blake, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound hitman, had 12 sacks as a junior last fall. But he has yet to get a scholarship offer. The University of Pittsburgh could give one at its summer camps in the next few weeks.

"Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Brian) Angelichio from Pitt stopped by the school to collect some film and say hello, so I was introduced to both of them again and talked briefly with them about my grades and SAT score.

"When I visited Pitt for junior day, it was just really nice there and I think my favorite part was the atmosphere on campus and at the basketball game we went to. I'm going to see if I can get a ride for camp (there) this summer.''

Blake also got a sample of Pitt's facilities when he was at the Combine a few weeks ago at the UPMC Sports Complex.

"These combines are great,'' Blake said. "They can help you work on your techniques, your footwork, agility and pass coverage, things like that. (That was) my first one, but it's a good experience and a lot of fun.

"I just want to showcase my talents and show what I can do. After that, hopefully, the offers will start coming in for me. That's what I believe will happen if I keep working hard and have a good season.''

Blake noted that most schools are looking at him to be either an outside linebacker or strong safety on defense. He also plays running back and wide receiver on offense at Harrisburg.

"Defense is a lot better, because you can hit,'' Blake said. "That's why I like defense, and I think I'm pretty good at it. So, that's probably going to be the spot for me. And I'll play either outside linebacker or strong safety, whatever they want me to play. I'll do whatever they need me to do.''

Along with Pitt, Blake has also taken unofficial visits to Penn State and Virginia, for the Cavaliers' spring game, while coaches from Tennessee, Akron and Minnesota visited with him at Harrisburg High.

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