Coeur d'Alene is home to some of the finest resorts in the Pacific Northwest, but there's no doubt plenty of prep football talent swimming around as well.
Blakley and Gunnar Amos are two of the top recruiting prospects for Idaho state's class of 2014 and their performances in 2012 shows why.
Blakley stands at 6-4, 212-pounds. Class of 2014 ratings are in their infancy but Blakley is already a four-star recruit and rated the fifth best tight end in the land by Scout.com. He's been talking with the Cougar coaching staff since early September and told CF.C he's sitting on pins and needles to get to the Palouse on Saturday.
"I'm actually really excited about going," Blakley said of the Jr. Day Camp. "I've actually been there a couple times before. I went to their camp last summer and the stadium was just being built. I was at the Apple Cup too and saw the final product."
THE COUGARS HAVE yet to offer, but Blakley said they are showing him increasing interest at inside receiver. The support and pride Cougar Nation shows on game days, Blakley said, has him excited about the potential of landing a WSU offer.
"They have a great fanbase down there, no doubt," Blakley said. "I know a lot of people up here in Coeur D'Alene too who are big Coug fans. I have friends who have family going to school there too. I'm excited to see everything again for myself."
Blakley holds offers from UW, Idaho, Idaho State and Eastern Washington, but said a lot of schools are showing him love and more offers could be on the way.
"I've been in touch with Vanderbilt, UCLA, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State and several other programs," Blakley said. "I went to UW's camp over the summer and that's when I got offered. I'll most likely be attending Boise State's junior camp as well."
As a junior last season, Blakley hauled in 51 receptions for 598 yards and eight touchdowns. With his impressive season, the Idaho product was named the Idaho Inland Empire 5A Offensive Newcomer of the Year.
So what makes Blakley stand out from other prospects, aide from having the 5A Inland Empire Offensive Player of the year in Amos throwing balls in his direction?
"Definitely my size and my hands," he said. "I also take pride in my blocking abilities."
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