Tech Steals One from Austin

As one of the most versatile wide receivers in the country, Emory Blake has been generating a lot of buzz in recruiting circles. After taking visits Boston College and Colorado, Blake stayed a little closer to home, visiting Lubbock this weekend for the Texas Tech/UT game.

Blake left so impressed with what he saw that he decided to go ahead and pull the trigger, committing to Texas Tech Monday morning.

"It wasn't just the game that made me decided to commit," Emory explained. "To be honest, even if we lost, I probably would have committed. "For one, Texas Tech is closer to home than any of the other schools I was seriously considering. I also really like coaches, and I had a blast with the players. I just feel like it's a great place for a wide receiver to go. I think I will be able to step in and really contribute.

"I really hit it off with some of the recruits. Me, Jacob [Karam], E.J. [Celestine], and Aaron [Fisher] really hit it off, and we were high fiving each other when Crabtree made that catch. We were just really excited."

Blake's visit served to clear up some misconceptions he had about Lubbock. He explained, "Lubbock was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. You know, people don't always have the most positive things to say about Lubbock, but I feel like it's a great place for a football player."

And despite the last second victory not being the deciding factor in Emory's commitment, the intense atmosphere definitely made an impression. "You can't get a better atmosphere than [Saturday night's]."

In addition to playing wide receiver for Austin High, Blake, who has over 1,700 all purpose yards and 16 touchdowns this season, returns punts and kickoffs and has even done some rushing on the ground. This versatility is one of the attributes that really stood out to the Texas Tech coaching staff, who have high hopes for Blake.

"With one and possibly two receivers leaving after this year, there is definitely room for somebody to step in," the 3-star WR enthused. "I feel like if I work hard enough, I could come in and contribute next year. Texas Tech is known for throwing the ball and I'm the type of player that can help them out."

Emory says his biggest strength is his ability to make things happen on the field.

"I can make plays; I'm more of a playmaker than anything else. If I get the ball in my hands, I can flat out make plays."

Because he hopes to compete for playing time early, Emory has already started planning what he will work on to prepare to compete in the Big 12.

"I'm working on getting bigger, stronger, and faster. You can always work on improving, and I'm going to be working really hard during the off-season and summer so that I can contribute early."



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