Mike Blakely is an exciting running back prospect from Bradenton Manatee High School in the Sunshine State. Blakely led his team to a state title appearance this past season after rushing for over 1,400 yards. He's also a threat in the passing game, where he had 327 receiving yards. In all he had 22 total touchdowns in 2009.
Blakely, 5-9 and 194 pounds, has had a busy off-season, fielding a ton of new scholarship offers from teams like Syracuse, Clemson, Florida, USF, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami, Michigan, Marshall, Purdue, South Carolina and West Virginia.
"Man, I never thought it would be like this," Blakely said. "Clemson was my first offer and Michigan was my most recent. I think I was most surprised by Florida. They offered me about two weeks ago.
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"I am pretty open with everyone but my top choices right now are Florida, Clemson, Miami and South Carolina."
Blakely spent last weekend in Gainesville for a Florida junior day. He was impressed with what he saw in the Gators.
"It was a lot of fun. I saw the campus and had a chance to look around. I talked with most of the coaches and had a chance to kick it with the coaches.
"My plan is to go to some camps this summer and see some schools that I know I like. Ace (Sanders) and Brion (Carnes) basically told me if I make an early decision to make sure it's for sure. If not, they said to make all my visits."