One of the more interesting recruits in the 2012 class is cornerback Colin Blake of San Antonio Brandeis High School, who is originally from England. Brandeis High School plays against some of the top competition in Texas at the 5A level. Standing at 6'3, 185lbs with the hips and speed to stay at CB in a zone-based system, Blake is one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail. What's more impressive for a prospect that has over 15 BCS offers is that he has only been playing the cornerback position since his junior year.
To the surprise of many, FSU has been recruiting Blake since his Junior year. Blake, who recently de-committed from Texas A&M, recently announced his top three schools as Florida State, TCU, and Oklahoma. Credit the hard work of Florida State defensive end coach D.J. Eliot, who recruits the San Antonio area as well as anybody(Last year 5 star San Antonio RB Aaron Green had FSU as a finalist).
I recently caught up with Colin to ask him about his recruitment and his top schools.
MM: How did your recent Official Visit(1/13/2012) to Florida State go?
CB: It went great and I Ioved the campus. I really got along with (Ronald)Darby and Mario Edwards during the visit.
MM: Who is your main recruiter FSU and how is your relationship with him?
CB: Coach (D.J.) Eliot is my recruiter. He is real cool dude, who you can tell is sincere in what he tells you. He has been recruiting me since my Junior year.
MM: Is FSU recruiting you at Safety or Cornerback?
CB: They are recruiting me as a corner.
MM: How does OU losing Willie Martinez, your primary recruiter for OU at the guy who would have been your position coach affect the Sooners' chances?
CB: It hurts because he was the person I talked to most, but Coach (Mike)Stoops has done a good job since then.
MM: What do you like about your other finalist TCU?
CB: I like that they hired back Coach (Chad) Glasglow. He was the first coach to offer me and he is a great defensive back coach.
MM: How has your rehab been going and what was the injury?
CB: It's been going good, I'm ahead of schedule and feel I'm around 70 percent since the shoulder surgery.
MM: Will distance play a factor in the school you choose?
CB: It was at first, but after traveling to the different schools it's not as big of factor.
MM: Who do you compare your game after at the college or pro level?
CB: I would say Patrick Peterson and Nnamdi Asomugha at the pro level. At the college level Tryann Mathieu's style of play.
MM: What are you main factors in choosing a school?
CB: Education first and foremost is really big for me. I will also factor in how I fit in at the school even if I'm not playing football. Another thing is what school will help me most to be able to get into the league.
MM: When are your plans to announce?
CB: I plan to announce on National Signing Day at 9 AM
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