Football Recruiting

Will Blake Consider a Grayshirt

Austin High wide receiver Emory Blake missed the majority of his junior season, but that hasn’t slowed him down as far as recruiting goes. He has shown his skills throughout the spring and summer months and has racked up almost 20 scholarship offers. The Texas Longhorns haven’t offered him a 2009 scholarship but instead offered Blake a grayshirt in June. Is he considering it?
Emory Blake performed exceptionally well during camp in Austin earlier this summer, so well the Texas coaching staff offered him a grayshirt. When news surfaced late last week that former 2008 commit Antoine Hicks would not be attending school in Austin, many Longhorn fans started to wonder whether Blake would receive a 2009 offer from UT. Right now, the answer is no, but the grayshirt is still on the table.

“I haven’t talked to them (the Texas coaching staff) since they offered me the grayshirt,” Blake said. “I’m still interested in Texas though. The grayshirt is something that my parents don’t mind. But even if they were to offer me (a scholarship for the class of 2009), I would still consider some other schools.”

Blake hasn’t completely ruled out the possibility of grayshirting at UT, but with offers from the likes of Missouri, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Colorado and Tulsa, the possibilities don’t look strong for Mack Brown and company.

“I really can’t say,” Blake said when asked if he would actually consider grayshirting at UT. “I’m still considering the grayshirt because it seems like they are making an effort. But with all the other offers on the table, it’s hard to turn them down for a grayshirt.”

Blake has already visited UT and USC this summer and his last visit before football season kicks off could very well be this weekend at the University of Florida.

“I leave tomorrow for Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp,” Blake said. “I’m just going to try to do the same thing I did at USC. I want to go down there and catch someone’s eye and do the best that I can. Hopefully, I will catch some of the coaches’ eyes and they will offer me a scholarship.”

Blake may have missed the majority of his junior season, but that has simply given him more motivation to prove that he is among the elite wide receivers in the country during his senior campaign.

“I really want to prove what I can do,” Blake said. “A lot of people doubt my ability, but I want to prove what I can do. I want to prove that I deserve to be one of the top wide receivers in the nation, but I also want to help my team as much as possible. My number one goal is to win the state championship.”