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One of last year’s top running back prospects, Mike Blakely (5-9 193) of Bradenton, FL is back on the open market after getting a release from Florida. Blakely enrolled at Florida in January but did not participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury. He decided he wanted to leave and was given a release by Gator coach Will Muschamp. The release was announced Tuesday. “Everyone at Florida has been very supportive of me in my time here and I’m thankful for the experience that I had, but I’ve made a decision to continue my college football career somewhere else,” Blakely said in a release. Contacted Tuesday afternoon, Blakely said he was not ready to answer any questions about his situation but he did confirm that USC and Clemson were “possibilities” for him among the schools he will consider. Both recruited him before he narrowed his offer list of 33 to Florida and Auburn. He committed to the Gators last October. In his last two seasons, Blakely rushed for over 2400 yards and scored 42 touchdowns.
Missouri Monday granted redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Gabbert’s request for a unconditional release, and his father said Clemson is one of the school’s he will consider. The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Clemson, Arizona, Iowa, Louisville and Wake Forest are the schools the family is considering. Gabbert is the brother of former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert who was the first round pick by Jacksonville in last month’s NFL Draft. Gabbert will have to sit out next season at his new school and would have three years to play three.
Tennessee was by Gaffney High School Monday for a look-see at WR Quinshad Davis. The Vols have not offered Davis who has offers from Clemson, USC and NC State. “They want him to come to a camp,” said Gaffney coach Dan Jones. “Many of the schools want him to do that.” Recruiters from Clemson (Scott) and USC (Spurrier Jr.), Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina and NC State also have been in recently. Jones said Davis still needs to visit NC State. He has visited Clemson and USC and will visit them again. He does not have a favorite. And while they are at Gaffney, the recruiters are checking on LB Savon Dukes. He has not yet been offered.
OL Joe Harris of Lithonia, GA has about 15 offers according to his assistant coach Lloyd Morrison, and recruiters from most of those schools have been in this spring to express their interest. Harris’ offers include USC, Clemson, Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Florida, Mississippi State and Louisville. Clemson’s Marion Hobby and USC’s Lorenzo Ward are among the recruiters who have stopped by. Morrison said Harris is staying open regarding his decision and does not have a short list or favorites. Harris probably will take some visits this summer but none have been scheduled.
ATH Chris Jenkins (5-10 170) of Lake Marion has several offers and could receive more. “They call him Mr. Fantastic,” coach Chris Carter said. “He is an outstanding athlete.” His offers include Clemson, Furman, The Citadel, North Greenville, Presbyterian, East Carolina and NC State. “He really likes East Carolina,” Carter said. “He loves the system and fell in love with the school. Right now, I think they’re his favorite.” Jenkins will camp at ECU this summer and will go on a “tour” with his coach. “I’m going to take them to Clemson and to The Citadel,” he said. “They will participate in the Under-Armour combine. I will also try to take them down to Gainesville but I’m not sure about that trip.” Clemson is expected to visit Jenkins this afternoon, according to Carter. As a junior, Jenkins threw for over 1200 yards and 19 touchdowns. He rushed for another 1250 yards and 12 scores. Coach Carter expects more offers for Jenkins and says Jenkins is unlikely to commit anytime soon.
LB Quanzell Lambert (6-2 240) of Erial, NJ has 19 offers that include USC, Alabama, Maryland, Pitt, Penn State, Purdue, Virginia, Rutgers and Boston College. Lambert is interested in the Gamecocks. “They have a great team and a great program,” Lambert said. “Last year was a good year for them beating Alabama and all.” Lambert plans to take visits to USC, Alabama and Virginia. “I’m going to take other visits,” he said. “I want to look at all of the schools and learn about them.” As a junior, Lambert compiled 112 tackles, 81 solo, forced two fumbles, recovered one, had one interception and three sacks. Lambert does not have a favorite.