Maryland CB Countess visiting Rutgers

Among the players from neighboring states heading to Rutgers for Saturday's Junior Day is standout cornerback Blake Countess from Our Lady of Good Counsel of Olney, Md. He has good cover skills and 4.48 speed and holds a couple of offers already. Countess explains what he wants in a school, athletically and academically, and talks about a major focus of his offseason training.

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive tackle Vincent Croce already holds an offer from Rutgers, and will at Saturday's Junior Day.

Also making the trip north is Croce's Good Counsel teammate, cornerback Blake Countess, and by the time they drive home, both could be holding offers.

The 5-foot-9 ½, 172-pound Countess already was offered a scholarship by Maryland and Wisconsin, but plenty more should be coming his way. The talented cornerback has garnered interest from LSU, Oregon, Boston College and many others.

"I just finished my highlight tape so it should pick up now,'' said Countess, who knows what he is looking for in a school. "I want to be comfortable. That's my main thing, if I can feel comfortable and feel like I'm at home.

"That's going to be my No. 1 thing, but I also want to play early.''

Academics are also an important aspect when it comes to deciding on a college, and is something Countess is not taking lightly.

"I'm trying to get an education from football,'' he said. "It's either going to be psychology or sports medicine. I want to go into the field of detective work, maybe like CSI.''

Countess was a key member of Good Counsel's secondary, and was instrumental in leading the Falcons to the Washington (D.C.) Catholic League title.

Although Countess didn't have any interceptions, he finished with nearly 20 pass break-ups and more than 50 tackles.

"My junior season went really well,'' Countess said. "We actually won our league, so that was a plus. I was really happy with my performance.''

However, as a cornerback, Countess wasn't thrilled about not having any interceptions, a statistic motivating him in the offseason.

"I want to work on breaking on the ball a little faster, a little quicker,'' he said. "Instead of making a deflection, it will be an interception going the other way. That's what I'm going to work on.''

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