Tight end Chase Blakley has found a home, and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian probably feels like he's found a recruiting bargain. Nestled away in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Blakely had a solid junior season but, for the most part, made his name on the camp circuit.
He was named to top performers list at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Los Angeles and found his way onto the same list at the U.S. Army National Underclassmen Combine in San Antonio. Interest came in from schools such as Oklahoma and Florida. Sooners coaches made the trip out to see him in Idaho. In the end, though, offers were hard to come by.
So on Tuesday afternoon, Blakley, a four-star prospect, did what he had been leaning toward doing all along and became a Husky. Sarkisian accepted Blakley's commitment in the early afternoon, sent out a ceremonial post-commitment tweet reading "Woof" and that was that.
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Blakley, on the other hand, had prepared for the moment.
"I wrote a little letter and I read that to coach," Blakely said. "Then I told him that I committed. I just thanked him and the other people who supported me. I wrote the letter last night."
Speculating what offers might and might not have come later in the year is an exercise in futility at this point. Blakley steers clear of it at all costs. And even if new offers pop up between now and signing day, separating Washington from its newest commit will be a tall order.
"I'm ending it completely," Blakley said. "I think U-dub is the best situation for me by far. It's just the best fit for me. There weren't any other schools that were going to change my mind. It would have been pretty hard to change my mind."
The only trip Blakley intends to take from this point forward is to Washington's Rising Stars camp in late June. An official visit to Seattle will likely take place in the fall. Until then, though, his plans are to relax.
"It's pretty exciting to have it over with," Blakley said. "It's exciting. I'm going to dinner with my family to celebrate the commitment right now."
When it comes to why he decided to make things official with the Huskies, Blakley doesn't get into many specifics. Instead, he speaks in generalities and recruiting clichés. He fills in the gaps in true insight with excitement.
"It's the best fit by far, education-wise and for lots of other weekends,: he said. "It was just a school that I really liked. There was no reason to keep looking."
As a junior at Coeur d'Alene High School, Blakley caught 51 passes for 598 yards and seven touchdowns.