Blake Considering His Options

Emory Blake has been a hot commodity as of late in recruiting for the class of 2009. The Austin High receiver has been getting attention from across the country, including from the Texas Longhorns. However, Texas' offer is for 2010, meaning Blake would grayshirt if he came to UT. So, along with the 2010 Texas offer, which schools with 2009 offers are being considered by the talented wideout?

On any given Friday night in Austin you can see Emory Blake running, catching, or throwing the ball for his Austin HS team. The multi-dimensional offensive star has all the tools for the highest level of college football competition. Those tools have kept him a busy man during the season and on the recruiting trail.

"Its going well, we are 3-1 right now," Blake said of his season so far. "We are undefeated in district and I have about 900 all purpose yards and ten touchdowns. I play wide receiver, but we run the spread and sometimes I line up at quarterback."

He also returns kickoffs and punts and will run from the backfield when called upon to do so.

There is no rest for Blake after games and during the season as he is in the midst of taking his five official visits to schools. He has already visited Boston College and has two others to Colorado and Texas Tech set up. It is wait and see on visits to Missouri and Florida for now.

Blake talks about the five schools.

Boston College: "I visited Boston College two weeks ago. It was a good visit. I like the campus and the city a lot. I like the players and players and coaches a lot. Coach (Ryan) Day is pretty cool and coaches the wide receivers there. The campus was beautiful and I liked the overall feel of the city. It is a big college town. It's not just BC there, there are about 300,000 students at other schools and that is a lot of people my age."

Colorado: "I am going to Colorado this weekend and they play Texas. It is an official visit. I don't know what to expect. I know they have a beautiful campus. I know the coaches pretty well, I have talked to them for a while now. I am just excited for the visit. They need some wide receivers, so early playing time is big. They told me I was one of their top guys to get and I like that."

Texas Tech: "I visit Texas tech on November 1st, that is the only other one I have set up. They throw the ball a lot. I have talked to the coaches there a lot and they were my first official offer over a year ago."

Missouri: "They throw the ball a lot. They simulate our offense a little bit. They do with Jeremy Macklin...what our offense does with me,. They put him at running back, put him at quarterback, run reverses and maybe let him throw it a little bit. That is what I like about Missouri."

A new team to throw its hat into the ring for Blake is the Florida Gators and an official visit to Gainsville may be forthcoming.

"The Florida coaches call me every week and want me to come and visit," he said. "We talked about an official visit, but haven't set it up. I was there for Friday Night Lights. I had a blast, but it was pretty short. While I was there just the experience and playing in The Swamp with all that competition, it was great. Coach "G" says he really likes me and has talked to the coaches there about me. He said I was faster than he thought I was. I talk to him and Coach Mullen. Coach Mullen is really cool and laid back guy who talks to me about the offense and just keeps up with me week to week."

He also knows all about what the program and the competition Florida plays means to an athlete not afraid of competition.

"They are in a great conference in the SEC," he said. "They always compete for the national championship and there is a lot of competition there."

An offer from Florida hasn't come yet, but there's a chance, given the Gators are looking to add one or two more receivers to the class. Blake isn't in a huge hurry to make a decision, but does know what he is looking for.

"I am going to take all my official visits," he said. "My decision is going to be based on my feeling of the school, the coaches, and players. Once I take my official and see what it is like, I will take it from there."

With a possible 2,000 all-purpose yard season upon him, Emory Blake is likely going to get even more attention than he already has.

This story originally published on FightinGators.com, the Florida site on the Scout.com network. Ross Lucksinger of Inside Texas contributed to this story.


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