Christian Blake Planning Summer Visits

Florida will be a key state for Syracuse in 2014 as they continue to send offers out in the Sunshine State. Their most recent one went out to wide receiver Christian Blake. He discusses being offered by the Orange, summer visits, and more inside.

George McDonald's connections to Florida are a big reason why he's considered such a strong recruiter. Recently, he took a trip down there and offered Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver Christian Blake.

"They came to my school yesterday," Blake explained. "My coach called me out of class. We always go to his office when someone's in there. First thing he said was they were offering me a scholarship.

"I was kind surprised. It was the offensive coordinator (George McDonald) and the wide receivers coach (Rob Moore). This was the first time I had heard from Syracuse."

The offer was unexpected for Blake, who said Syracuse had not been recruiting him prior to the offer.

"I was very surprised," Blake admitted. "I thought I was just going to hear about them being interested. I guess he was at a practice one day but I didn't see him. I hadn't talked to him prior, so I was very surprised."

Now up to six offers, the 6-foot-2 receiver is looking to take visits before the summer is out.

"I plan on taking trips to colleges in July," Blake offered. "They (Syracuse) are one of the stops. I want to see the facilities. How the campus is, if it's nice or hot. I want to check out what's around the campus, the social life I guess. And see how cold it gets because I don't want it to get too cold.

"I plan on going to NIU (Northern Illinois), Bowling Green, Toledo, maybe Indiana, Appalachian State, and Syracuse now. Those are the schools that have offered. I'm also hearing from USF and Cincinnati. I haven't talked to Washington State but my quarterback is a commit there and he says they like me a lot."

One of the intriguing things about Syracuse is, despite being so far north, there are a bunch of former Florida high school players on the roster. Blake says that could be a factor.

"That would be great," Blake declared. "I feel like I'd fit in then because if they can do it I'm pretty sure I could do it."

Blake said after his summer visits he will sit down with his mom and figure out which schools they liked the most in order to trim his list. He says if he feels like he's found the best fit for him at that point he could commit.

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