Starting his career at Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell and transferring to Southlake Carroll before his junior season, wide receiver Blake Cantu is a name popping up on the recruiting radar all over the country.
The 6-foot-1, 191-pounder took home a state title this past year with Carroll after hauling in 80 receptions for 1,283 yards and 14 touchdowns. Now, Cantu has picked up his first two scholarship offers from Northwestern and North Texas. The talented North Texas receiver isn't going to stop there. He has several trips planned in the coming weeks and months.
"I don't have any particular favorites right now," Cantu said. "I just kind of want to take it easy. I'm not going to pick a favorite until I see what all my options are later. I'm going to Louisville for their spring game. Coach Tony Alford is really cool and he text messages me on a daily basis.
"I'm probably going to go to the Georgia Tech camp. I have an uncle that lives in Atlanta. I might also be going to Vanderbilt's camp, probably the North Texas camp, and Northwestern's spring game coming up."
Cantu says that the Northwestern interest really started from his friend and former L.D. Bell teammate Joe Mauro. Mauro signed with Northwestern in the class of 2006.
"Coach (Garrick) McGee is the offensive coordinator there and Joe had been telling the coaches about me," Cantu said. "I sent the tape in and they offered me. Then coach (Todd) Dodge at UNT offered me two days later."
Cantu says that while he sorts out all of his options, he's thinking about certain characteristics that he's looking for in a program.
"First of all, I want a school that likes to throw the ball in the spread," Cantu said. "I don't consider myself an outside receiver since I'm 6-1. I feel comfortable playing in the slot. That would allow me to play there. I'm also looking at tradition and how it feels when you step on campus. I want a place where you step on campus and say, 'Wow, this is cool.'"