Rivals.com is showing 4* WR Emory Blake is now up for grabs again. The former solid Texas Tech commit now shows Colorado being in the game along with Texas Tech (see Blake's free rivals profile page and note the high interest level in CU & Tech). This is very good news in case Diante Jackson decommits or even if Diante sticks, the Buffs will probably have the nation's best wide receiver recruiting class in 2009. Talk about addressing a weakness with authority! Of course, this doesn't mean Blake will commit to the Buffs but to go to these lengths a few weeks before signing day has to mean good things for the Buffs.
Think of these WR's next year if it shakes out this way...3* Josh Smith, 4* Markques Simas, Scotty McKnight, 3* Jarrod Darden, 4* Andre Simmons (questionable), 4* Diante Jackson, 3*/4* Terderma Ussery and 4* Emory Blake!
Commentary on Blake: It is interesting because Blake currently list his top five as Boston College, Texas Tech, Missouri, Florida, and Kansas but he is coming for a visit to CU. Texas has also offered Blake a gray-shirt opportunity which could be the X factor in the whole recruiting battle. Blake doesn't have the high school stats that will blow you away or the speed to burn you but he sounds like a good technician. The reviews state that he has good body control, strong hands and can run sharpe routes. Teams like his size and his ability to work the middle of the field. The biggest concern regarding Blake is his ability to separate from defensive backs. His father is Jeff Blake, former NFL quarterback. I would compare him to a bigger, faster Scotty McKnight in that he will probably be more of a possession receiver in college rather than a burner. We all know the the loss of Kendrick Celestine and the inability to count on Markques Simas to remain eligible, wide receiver is a need position for the Buffaloes. The Buffs have signed Jarrod Darden but the addition of 1 - 2 other WR's would be helpful especially with Patrick Williams graduating.
Big ups to WR Coach Kiesau as he continues to make in roads with these kids.