Twenty schools and counting after Blazevich

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Jeb Blazevich has ventured to several schools in 2012 to help him prepare for a tough decision on where he will play his college football.

He doesn't need to know how many championships your school has, the square footage of your weightroom or the number of seats your stadium holds.

He has a firm belief that his path will be laid before him by a higher power and that people will have a tremendous amount to do with what university gains his services as a student-athlete.

He is Jeb Blazevich — and he's a Class of 2014 tight end with scholarship offers from 20 of the biggest names in college football.

"I had a couple coaches," Blazevich said, "saying to me and a lot of good advice saying, 'Look, weights are weights. It's the people and what they stand for. It's what they're about that makes a school a school. A hundred pounds here is going to be a hundred pounds somewhere else. It's not so much the facilities but how they use it and what they stand for in it."

The Charlotte (N.C.) Christian School talent stopped by to see the campuses of Clemson, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State just prior to visiting Knoxville to see what Tennessee has to offer.

Although Volunteer running backs coach Jay Graham is Blazevich's lead recruiter as the aide is assigned that part of the Tar Heel State, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder caught the eye of tight ends coach Charlie Coiner.

"I didn't really get to spend too much time with coach (Coiner) because I came in late," Blazevich said. "It was kind of a crazy visit. I'm really looking forward to sort of getting to know him better and getting to know how he coaches a little bit better."

Blazevich has already caught games this fall in Athens, Ga., and Baton Rouge, La., and has family in both towns. He has offers from Southeastern Conference schools like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He resides in Atlantic Coast Conference territory and has options there as well with Clemson, Duke, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech each presenting a scholarship.

The long strider, who has shown an ability to elevate in traffic, take hits and come down with the football, continues to educate himself on those courting him. He is also getting advice from his father, Jim, who played at Northwestern as a placekicker and a back-up center.

"He's pretty much been my map to all of this," Jeb said of his dad. "He was recruited by Alabama, Ohio State. He was recruited by everybody back when he played. Everything he's been telling me has just been priceless. I've been put in the best spot I believe by everybody and everything and all the people around me to succeed. It's just, 'How do I want to take ahold of that and take advantage of it?' So, the sky is the limit for me, but it's on me to push myself to get there and use the resources like my father, my coach and all their wisdom."

The Class of 2014 target, whose mother went to Ole Miss, admitted that he wasn't raised a die hard fan of any school.

"It's kind of crazy in my family in terms of football wise, but we're not really tied deeply into any school or tied in general. We've kept an open mind throughout all of this," he said.

Academics, program integrity and player development are the three greatest factors that the Charlotte native is hunting. Certain coaches are providing more attention than others right now, but he says he will take a wait-and-see approach with nearly a full year to go before he'd like to verbally commit. Schools that don't make the cut will be the first to know.

"Of all the things they're doing for me, the least I can do is get in touch with them first before putting out something," Brazevich said.

A double-digit number of unnamed schools have caught his eye, including several in the SEC. But, the associated league won't be a determining factor.

"If God wants to send me to the University of Alaska, if they'll get a football team, then I can go up there," Blazevich said. "Of course the SEC, that's the top of the top and there's a lot of pride playing in there. But, it's not so much going for the top. It's going where I need to be and where I fit in best."

He plays some receiver and fullback at his high school but "definitely" will play tight end in college, noting that his skill set won't have him lining up out wide often.

"I'm not opposed to it, but I don't think I have SEC wideout speed," Brazevich said with a smile.

The Knights, who compete in the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association's Class 3A, are 4-3 overall heading into a contest versus Charlotte Country Day on Oct. 12.

Blazevich is the team's second-leading receiver with 21 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns.

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