This is part of a series of updates on FSU's 2012 recruiting class. Look
for stories on each member in the coming weeks.
| ||Name: Colin Blake |
Major: Nutrition or Business
|Arrival at |
FSU: June 9
Jersey Number: Undecided
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 195
Corner Colin Blake was one of the late positive developments for the Seminoles' 2012 recruiting class. Originally a commit to Texas A&M, a school just three hours away from hometown San Antonio, the four-star prospect saw all he needed in a Florida State visit to change his mind.
"I had that feeling in my gut that this is where I wanted to go," Blake said. "After meeting all the coaches and coach Fisher taking us to his house and meeting his family and all of that, it just felt right."
Despite inevitable pushback from hometown fans, Blake made the switch. More than relationships with coaches Jimbo Fisher, D.J. Elliot and Mark Stoops, Blake also admits that the potential to play in his freshman year had a role in making a trek 900 miles from home.
While he played mostly along the boundary in high school, the 6-foot-3 prospect explained that he and coach Stoops have talked "a little bit" about the nickel corner role in the near future.
"The opportunities there are great," Blake began, "and that's what I'm looking forward to."
In Blake's eyes, the only way he redshirts in 2012 is if his previously injured shoulder has an unforeseen setback. The corner tore his labrum in the fall of 2011, but reports no pain as he works to regain full strength in the coming months. If he continues to progress, Blake said the coaching staff has intimated it will not use a redshirt in the fall.
"I've been lifting weights and working out hard on it," Blake said, before adding the heavy lifting began in late March. "So it's healing great and it's almost one-hundred percent."
Although he is a taller defensive back that also checks in at 195 pounds, Blake said he and the coaching staff expect corner to be his position for the upcoming season. Asked about his style of play, Blake described himself as an "aggressive press corner," a trait that would seem to fit his build.
As for the decision to leave his hometown, Blake stressed the choice was his and his alone. Although he bonded with fellow corner Ronald Darby among others on his official visit, the Texas native said neither coaches nor family nor friends did the thinking for him.
"None of them influenced my decision," he said. "Because going to FSU, when I got out there, I wanted to make decisions myself and not have anyone influence this decision."
And although he'll miss being so close to his family, Blake still kept a sense of humor about one parent who was happy with the Seminole verdict.
"My dad is fine with it," Blake said. "He wants me to get out of the house no matter where it is."
In Case you missed it:
Signee Update No. 1: Justin Shanks
Signee Update No. 2: Ronald Darby
Signee Update No. 3: Sean McGuire
Signee Update No. 4: Christo Kourtzidis
Signee Update No. 5: Reggie Northrup
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