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May 3, 2011This is a SoonerScoop.com free article, if you'd like to read more like it e-mail editor Josh McCuistion about a special free subscription offer.
For the last few months many have wondered what Oklahoma's gameplan in the Lone Star State. Then last Wednesday happened have been seemingly rolling ever since. Oklahoma continued its hot pursuit through the Lone Star State last Thursday afternoon.
Less than an hour after the Sooners picked up commitment No. 5 of the 2012 class by way of Mesquite (Texas) Horn cornerback Devante Harris yet another offer had gone out to another talented cornerback.
On the receiving end of the newest Oklahoma offer was San Antonio (Texas) Brandeis cornerback Colin Blake.
"Yes sir I'm doing good really good actually. Oklahoma just offered me. Coach Willie Martinez the defensive back coach was at our practice today because we had a little scrimmage for our spring game," Blake recalled. "He was just watching the practice because he's not really allowed to talk to me at school so I gave him a call when I got home and he told me he really liked how I played and that I had all the qualities that they were looking for and he told me that I had an offer from them over the phone so it was good," Blake, who stands at an imposing 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, said.
"I wasn't really expecting it but of course it's the one that I wanted. It's OU one of the biggest schools in the Big 12 conference and of course my teammate Kyle Marrs is going there to play."
"I knew that they were kind of interested in me because they invited me to their spring game but I didn't make it to their spring game and they started sending me mail. Coach James Patton their offensive line coach was here at our school yesterday and was evaluating Kyle and I guess he was there evaluating me too and he told coach Martinez his thoughts on me so coach Martinez came up and watched me play today."
And while the Sooners offer could be relatively compared by some as 'late in the game' for Blake's services there is no doubt a connection to his high school teammate and current Sooner commit could be an added bonus for Martinez and the Oklahoma coaching staff.
"Yeah I have (talked to Kyle) he's excited for me and he wants me to go there with him. He congratulated me and what not," Blake explained.
"I would say they (Oklahoma) are high on the list of my priorities because of course I have a chance to play with my teammate Kyle Marrs which I want to do in college but not only that I've got to think about if it's going to be the best fit for me so that's really why they're not my number one choice right now because they've got to be the best fit for myself not because I just want to go and play with my teammate which I really do but it was a blessing."
Already holding offers from the likes of TCU, Texas A&M and Baylor it has been quite a journey for Blake who returned to the gridiron only a year ago after trading in basketball sneakers and a basketball for shoulder pads and a helmet.
"Most definitely. First and foremost I thank God because I think he let me do this decision. I was a basketball player and then I made the switch to football and after my first year of football I'm getting all this attention. It's just great," he said.
Despite having only one year under his belt playing high school football it's no coincidence the confident 2012 standout believes he would fit in with the Sooner secondary and in a conference he has grown up watching. His potential play either safety or corner is considered by many to be one of his most impressive traits.
"Yeah I think I fit in pretty good. I'd play anywhere they want me to play wherever they want me I'll do it," Blake, who had 68-tackles and one interception as a junior, said.
"I've always watched the Big 12 play because I've lived in Texas for eight years now and I'm a big college football fan but yeah I've watched them, Texas A&M, and Texas a lot over the last few years and I know Oklahoma is a powerhouse and are always good at football and always will be."
For now Blake will continue to develop over the summer months while also adding experience to his game.
"I'm going to try and make some camps. I don't know which ones yet but I'm going to be just putting in a lot of work over the summer to get ready for our season. And that's (the summer) when I plan on making my decision sometime during the summer before the season because I just want to have it over with and focus on my senior season."
"I'm going to try (getting to Norman). I think I'm going to go up there sometime in the summer time with Kyle. You can't really pass up visiting Oklahoma."