January 15, 2008

Blake open as the recruiting process picks up

As Austin (Texas) High wide receiver Emory Blake prepares for the next 12 months, he has a couple of goals in mind.

First, Blake would like to simply stay healthy. After a series of injuries during his sophomore and junior seasons, Blake has his eyes set on a complete senior season in 2008.

With that goal firmly in mind, Blake also knows that his turn to tackle the recruiting process is approaching. Although he's been on the national radar for more than a year, Blake hasn't been very vocal in discussing the topic.

Blake admitted on Tuesday that the events from the next year have been weighing heavy on his mind as of late.

"I've been thinking a lot about it lately," Blake said. "I've thought about a lot of things and I think I'm ready for it."

Blake, who is currently ranked as the nation's No.37 overall prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2009, is the son of former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake and it has long been believed that USC held the inside track to sign the 6-2, 188-pound Blake because of the family's connection to Trojans head coach Pete Carroll.

According to Blake, the recruiting process is just getting started and there was no mention of a heavy favorite.

"I haven't really been talking to anyone," Blake said. "I haven't made any plans to attend (Junior Days), but I was told that (Texas assistant coach) Coach (Greg) Davis called the high school today and wanted to talk with me. Maybe that's what he wanted to talk with me about?"

While recruiting is just beginning to heat up, Blake has been working for months on trying to put his physical issues behind him.

"I've been working hard to get healthy," Blake said. "My collarbone and knee are both doing well."

After suffering a knee injury during his sophomore season, Blake's junior season was interrupted by a broken collarbone, but he still managed to catch 22 passes for 392 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 289 yards and two scores on the ground.

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