Maryland CB talks recruiting, and Rutgers

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) cornerback Blake Countess was supposed to visit Rutges for Junior Day last month, but a last-minute schedule change didn't allow that to happen. However, he said he will be on the campus shortly, and talked about what is going on with his recruitment.

Cornerback Blake Countess was supposed to attend Rutgers' Junior Day, but a personal matter cropped up at the last minute and he had to cancel.

Now, his schedule will bring him to New Jersey over the weekend, and the Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) cornerback plans on checking out the campus, and perhaps getting a glimpse of what he missed last month.

"They are recruiting me,'' the 5-foot-9 ½, 172-pound Countess said. "They contacted my coach today.''

The Scarlet Knights are one of a number of programs the talented Countess wants to check out.

He has offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Maryland, Wisconsin and Illinois. He is also getting interest from Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.

"I want to get a chance to see all the schools because I don't really know them,'' Countess said. "There's not a leader right now.''

He went to Wake Forest last weekend and will attend Notre Dame's junior day next month. "I also want to get down to see Clemson and USC (South Carolina),'' he said. "That's about it. I don't have anything thing planned for that, but I want to go down and see them.''

While many juniors are sifting through the recruiting process and are yet to outline what they desire in a college, Countess is already certain what he wants.

And it begins with academics.

"I want it to be good with the academics,'' he said. "Then, I want to be comfortable with the coaches, and the whole atmosphere with the school. And I want to play. I don't want to sit around and have to wait until senior year just to see the field. I want to come in and contribute.''

Countess finished with approximately 20 pass break-ups and 50 tackles as a junior, and most schools are recruiting him as a cornerback.

However, Our Lady of Good Counsel isn't expected to possess the type of depth it did last season, so there will be an opportunity for Countess to play offense and defense in 2010.

All the aforementioned programs are recruiting him as a cornerback, and he thinks it will stay that way even if he also plays receiver in the coming season.

"Coming up I was always an offensive player,'' Countess said." It's more fun, I guess, but I like corner a lot and I feel I can go further with corner than I can on the offensive side of the ball. Defense comes a little easier to me, as far as schemes and what to look for, and all that. I feel like I can excel more on the defensive side of the ball than on the offense.''


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