Blake still high on Red Raiders

Things are starting to look quite promising for Austin WR Emory Blake. His offer count is up to nearly a dozen and more may be on the way. His first offer came from Texas Tech, and apparently the Red Raiders are still in the hunt. So now that he has this new interest and offers, where do things stand? RaiderPower.com has the update…

Now that Texas Top 100 wide receiver Emory Blake from Austin (TX) High School is up to 11 offers, things may have gotten a little more complicated. With interest coming from schools across the country, Blake will look to slim things down in the near future.

But for now, there are no true leaders.

"I am trying to stay open with everything right now. There are no top schools, but there are some that I talk to more than others," Blake said. "I talk to Texas Tech, Tulsa, and USC quite a bit. But USC has not offered yet."

But Texas Tech and Tulsa have, along with Arizona, Oregon, Vanderbilt, SMU, UTEP, Rice, Houston, East Carolina, and Rice. He has already been to the campuses of Texas, LSU, and Tulsa.

So now with all of these schools in play now, where do things stand with the Red Raiders?

"Texas Tech was my first offer and I talk with Coach [Lincoln] Riley a lot," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Blake said. "He is always telling me that Texas Tech is the place for me. It is a good throwing school and a good place for me to be as a wide receiver."

He said that Riley has not told him how many wide receivers they plan to take in this class. But Blake feels like there is likely room for quite a few receivers because of the offensive system they run.

"I'm not sure as to how many (wide receivers) they will take. They have not talked to me about that," Blake said. "I'm sure they'll take a lot because of the offense."

But the style of offense is not what is going to be the only thing that Blake is looking at. Of course he wants a solid education, but the relationship with the coaches may be one of the highest criterion on the list.

"Yes, I do like their offense, but that is not necessarily all that I am looking at," Blake said. "I am not really looking for a particular style of offense. What I really want is a coaching staff that has a desire to have me there. That could be the deal breaker."

And, according to him, that is something he already has from the coaches up in Lubbock. From what he said, they have always been straightforward with him.

"All of the Texas Tech coaches are great guys, every one of them," Blake said. "They know what they are doing and have nothing but the best things planned for the program. All of the coaches say that if I choose to go there and do good, that I will get a spot."

Blake said that the Red Raider coaches did not tell him that there was a time limit as to when he should commit. He is currently in spring football and said he is practicing everyday to get better. Blake also works out weekly with Cy Ridge quarterback Russell Shepard on his route running.

As far as his summer schedule, he plans to go to Texas Tech and maybe Oregon and USC for camps. Blake played in five games and recorded 1,000 all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns.



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