2018 defensive end Blake Bacevich is coming off a historic run as an OHSAA state champion. Recently, he received his first collegiate offer from the Toledo Rockets and head coach, Jason Candle who has targeted the Cincinnati area frequently.
"I'm very honored to have received an offer from Toledo," Bacevich stated, "They have a great program going there with a great staff as well. When I was up there for practice, I was really impressed with the entire staff from Coach George to the team chaplain. When I first got there, I was greeted by most of the coaches and Coach Wright especially. Then after practice, I was talking to Coach George, Coach Black, and Coach Miller. Coach George told me that I've been offered and that they would really like to get me back up around January or February to see the rest of campus and more about the program."
Bacevich, a six-four, 215-pound defensive end played major minutes for St. Xavier this fall, as he recorded 56 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and five fumble recoveries, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown in the state championship.
When describing himself, Bacevich says he's using his diet and training to help improve on the field. Off of the field, his focus is turned towards academics.
"I just met with my nutritionist and will be getting up to 235 pounds throughout the course of the offseason. On the field, my strength is using my speed off the edge to beat tackles as well as having good hands from hand combat training. I'm a very versatile player as I played inside linebacker on varsity last year as a sophomore, then transitioned to defensive end. Off the field, I focus a lot of time on my grades even though I do spend a lot of time doing various types of training."
With up-and-coming size and the willingness to get better, there's a high ceiling for the Cincinnati-native as he looks to receive more offers. Despite having interest in other schools, Toledo certainly has caught his eye.