Blakley Proud To Rep UW

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. - There's no real reason why Chase Blakley needs to be going to a lot of summer camps, but the competitor in him just won't say no. For the 6-4.5, 245-pound tight end prospect from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho - the No. 14 rated tight end by - it was a chance to repay the love shown him by the school he's currently committed to.

"I just wanted to represent U-Dub and Coeur d'Alene and show 'em that I can play football and compete," Blakley told after picking up a Tight End MVP award at the Northwest Elite Football Camp at Mercer Island High School. "It's good competition and good work."

The 2012 NWEFC was Blakley's coming out party as a top prospect. "Same as last year, got the MVP," he said. "It was a great day, same as today. I found out that I can definitely compete with the guys around here. It was a good opportunity and I got that U-Dub offer that day. That's when I got noticed by U-Dub and it's all come around and perfect now."

Even before the offer came a year ago, Blakley had been thinking long and hard about a future at Montlake. "I knew all along, even before when I was like in middle school," he said of his desire to play for the Huskies. "It was like, 'U-Dub would be a cool school to go to'. It just popped up, so I had to take it."

Was there ever a moment where he wanted to take it the moment it was offered? Blakley said, even in hindsight, he wasn't in a rush to commit. "You just have to wait for other opportunities and see what else is out there," he said. "But U-Dub was the right one for me, so I pulled the trigger."

That moment was nearly a month ago, and Blakley said he knew it was time to end the recruiting process. "The commitment, it was at the right time," he added. "You can't beat U-Dub, their football, the Pac-12, the education. And the coaching staff, I love them. I've always felt the love from U-Dub and you can't go wrong with that."

Blakley had five offers at the time of his commitment - Washington, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State and Wyoming. "I think Oklahoma and Florida were pretty close but they knew I was pretty solid on U-Dub," Blakley said. "They knew."

The junior tight end went through a major physical transformation after the 2012 season. "At the end of the season I was about 200 (pounds)," he said. "I put on about 45 pounds in the off-season, kept up my speed and everything."

The secret, according to Chase? Protein shakes and plenty of pasta, Spaghetti being a Blakley fave. "Protein shakes and eating a lot of food," he said. "Four protein shakes a day."

Besides the NWEFC, Blakley also showed up Sunday in Eugene, Ore. for the Nike Football Training Camp.'s Greg Biggins said Blakley had a 'good all-around camp' and carried his newfound weight very well.

Don't expect to see Blakley at any other camps besides Washington's Rising Stars camp, unless he gets invited to The Opening. "I have a solid commitment to U-Dub," he said. Blakley also added that he plans on only taking one official visit - to Washington - but isn't sure if he'll do it during or after the season. "It might be during the season, I haven't thought that far out yet," he said.

One thing Blakley has thought about is Coeur d'Alene's upcoming season, one that coincides with a game at his future home. "We play down in Portland the first weekend, so we'll drive up to see the Boise State weekend," he said. "The week after that they have a bye and we play Bothell there at Husky Stadium."

What was his reaction when he found out he would be playing with his Coeur d'Alene teammates in the newly remodeled Husky Stadium? "I was pumped," Blakley said. "That's where I'm going to be playing in a few years, so I was definitely pumped. Brand new stadium, the second week it's open - you can't beat that."

And don't sleep on the Vikings after Blakley leaves Coeur d'Alene. They have a player a year behind Blakley in Drew Berger. Burger, a 2015 linebacker prospect, won an LB MVP award at the Northwest Elite Football Camp, much like Blakley did his sophomore year. Husky fans shouldn't be surprised Blakley is already trying to get Berger to follow him to Montlake.

"That's my brother," Blakley said of Berger. "He's a big boy. He's 225 right now. He's a year younger than me, so he definitely has some thinking to do. I think he's going to be a double-digit guy. Hopefully he comes to U-Dub with me, but I don't know yet."

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