Blake Has Top 3, Could Be Top 4?

Blake Has Top 3, Could Be Top 4?

Sooners Illustrated brings you an interview with Colin Blake, Scout.com four-star cornerback prospect who has seen his stock rise over the last few months. Blake is one of the Sooners top targets at the cornerback position. Check inside for more.

At one point Blake had two programs that stuck out to him in Texas A&M and TCU. In early May the Sooners decided to offer and quickly were in Blake's top three. And now it appears the Texas Longhorns could be on the verge of offering as well but it's not a guarantee at this moment in time.

"Right now the situation is they have one more db (defensive back) spot open and they have a few out of state kids that they are looking at and waiting to see what they want to do," Blake explained. "They just want to give their last offer to the right db and I totally respect that. They just said that they will contact me in the near future. They said that I am one of the db's running in the spot to get that offer."

Should the Longhorns offer Blake, they would definitely become a player for his services. They wouldn't jump to his number one school immediately due to the work the other programs have put in for the Brandeis prospect.

"I would definitely have to think highly of them," Blake began. "They wouldn't jump up to my number one because I have a lot of respect for the ones that I have already been to. I would definitely be thinking about UT because it's UT and I grew up watching them as well as a lot of the other teams in the Big 12. So I mean I would just really think highly of them."

The 6-foot-3 and 170-pound corner prospect is looking to take visits sometime this summer and the Sooners will most likely receive one of those visits.

"I don't have a set date but I know I'm going to be getting up to Oklahoma, UT, TCU and (Texas) A&M over the summer. UT will probably be pretty soon because it is only an hour away."

Recruiting has been on Blake's mind this summer but has taken a back seat to training as he has been focused on working hard in the weight room to get better on the field for next season.

"I have just really been getting after it in the weight room and working on my foot work and stuff. I've just been focusing and getting ready for this upcoming season," Blake said. "I haven't really thought too much about recruiting. I haven't thought about it as much as I should be but I'm still thinking about recruiting. I've honestly just been working on getting better since the summer started."

Oklahoma secondary coach, Willie Martinez has made sure to stay in contact with Blake and is trying to figure out a day for Blake to visit. One thing that definitely helps the Sooners' causes is that Blake will most likely visit with close friend, teammate and Oklahoma commitment, Kyle Marrs.

"Yeah, me and Coach Martinez have a great relationship. We have been staying in contact and we are still trying to figure out a day when I can get up there. Most likely it will be with Kyle Marrs but I am going to try and get my dad to go up there with me too. Our relationship is good. He is a cool guy. He understands me real well and he is easy to talk to, so that's real good when you are looking for a good, friendly relationship with a coach and a player," Blake stated.

Blake took some time to break down what he likes about each school in his top three and also included the Longhorns in the equation.

TCU"I love their defense. I love the way they get after it on defense. Coach Patterson has done a great job with that school the last couple of years and when I went there I learned all about it."

Oklahoma – "OU, of course it's OU. I grew up watching that school and they have a lot of tradition. Kyle Marrs is going there so I have a good friend going there. That would be a plus. They have good tradition in the secondary."

Texas A&M – "I like A&M a lot because when I went down there I felt really welcomed and felt like at home. My dad really likes A&M; he is a big A&M fan. I have a great relationship with Coach Sherman the head coach, I have a great relationship with him. He messages me all the time and stays in contact with me. I think out of all the schools the most coaches I talk to out of all the schools is probably A&M. I probably have talked to almost the whole coaching staff at A&M."

Texas – "If UT offered me then I would like UT a lot because Coach Akina is a legend with putting db's (defensive backs) in the NFL and I would have a great chance to get to the NFL if I went to UT. Any school, even TCU I would have a great chance to go to the NFL. UT is another school that I grew up watching."

Blake is taking his time with the whole recruiting process and is looking to take his official visits this fall before deciding on where he would like to play his college ball.

"Honestly what I was thinking about is that's my top three (Oklahoma, Texas A&M and TCU) but right now I'm just really thinking about the schools and weighing my options. My honest answer is after the summer I just really want to have a legit top five schools that I'm set on that one of those schools will be the school that I will go to. And then after that hopefully take my official visits and get everything from that and make my decision after that."

--Joey Helmer--

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