Catching Up with Jeb Blazevich: Winding Down

By Jeremy Birmingham on April 15, 2013 at 9:41p
33 Comments

One of the top tight ends in the country – and a Buckeye target with a long-standing scholarship offer – is starting to wind down his recruiting.

Charlotte (N.C) Christian tight end Jeb Blazevich has offers from Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and a who’s who of other schools around the country, and he finds himself in the enviable position of being able to handpick the path his future takes. That future is becoming more and more clear to the 6-foot-5, 240-pound junior, but he is not entirely ready to divulge exactly what he’s thinking.

Blazevich will make his decision soon.Jeb Blazevich will decide very soon.

The reason he's holding off? It's simple, or at least it is if you're a person and player who subscribes to life the way that Blazevich does. 

“My parents, my coach and I are going to sit down this week or the next and figure everything out,” Blazevich said. “I'm hoping to be committed not too long after that. I won’t name the last few schools that stand out at this time, not until I’ve figured out which other coaches I have to say no to. I just feel like that's the right thing to do.”

Blazevich won't talk publicly about which schools are standing out for his services until he’s told each school that is no longer in the running that he’s going to choose someone else, a matter of deference and respect that is customary – and expected – when talking to the tight end.

Blazevich visited Ohio State last summer and again this past November, where he checked out the Buckeyes' gameday atmosphere, and he came away impressed with the school, the crowd, the coaching staff and more. Will that be enough to push the Buckeyes to the finish line? 

A player who puts his faith at the forefront of every decision he makes and one of the nation’s top players, Blazevich has seen his fair share of attention during the recruiting process. He admits that it’s had its up and downs, and for the most part it’s been a process that he’s thoroughly enjoyed, but he’s glad it’s winding down because of the toll it’s taken on the old odometer.

“The best part in all this has been dealing with the people, even getting to know people like yourself. It’s very encouraging knowing that as a high school kid that Christian values are not only appreciated, but taught and looked for in kids to play this great game of football,” he said. “The worst part about all this is just making the trips, literally traveling and being in a car 8-12 hours a day. I've missed out some of developing relationships with friends but I know in the end it'll all be worth it.”

Blazevich had intended to make a trip to Ohio State a few weeks back, but was unable to as the lingering winter made travel difficult. Still, he’s confident that he’s seen enough from Ohio State to know if the Buckeyes are a realistic, and more importantly, a good option. One doesn’t make a 850-mile round-trip – twice – otherwise.

“I talked with (Buckeyes co-defensive coordinator) Coach (Everett) Withers and have been in touch with (offensive line coach) Coach (Tim) Hinton a good bit too,” Blazevich continued. “I have seen OSU twice now and that is more than a couple other schools that I'm looking at, so I think I've given them, then, a fair chance especially as I see what they have to offer.

"The Buckeyes have a great coaching staff, great drive, determination, and a history of success. They have an amazing fan base and an even better alumni base, the education is great and they plan to utilize the TE position. Getting to know Coach Withers, then Coach Hinton and in the summer Coach Meyer was truly an honor, and they have all impacted my life regarding decisions I've made throughout this whole process especially in trying to narrow all my schools to my top 6. Ohio State has been great through the entire process.”

Now, Blazevich says he intends to shut down the communication with outside sources and focus on making his decision, understanding that he will have a new role in the coming months and years.

Another role that many prospects are filling these days – serving as a recruiting assistant – is one that Blazevich is also comfortable doing. He wants to make sure that whatever school he commits to surrounds him with other talented players. 

“I understand that at the next level I will be developed into more of a receiving tight end that can stretch the field and go catch passes, but I will need to stay in the box and block too,” he added. “I'll be a three-down player that can switch positions no matter what personnel is on the field.

“Honestly, if the coaches want me to do that (help recruit), I would. I'm definitely going to be super relaxed about all of it. I intend to just give them my number, leave the option of them contacting me, but not bothering them too much,” he said. “I've gotten to know a lot of great guys like just at camps and other places.”

If you've not seen what Blazevich could bring to the Buckeye offense, you can check that out below.


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ODEEZ330's picture

Him or roberts and happy with the h back spot in this class

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Dougger's picture

"Who are you waving at Happy?"
I couldn't find out who that person is so someone fill me in

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I want to reiterate what an absolute JOY it is to cover recruiting when the prospects are like Jeb Blazevich. Some school is going to get a great player and an even better person, that may be trite, but it's absolutely true.

BuckeyeLawyer's picture

I like your work Jeremy.  Thanks!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Thanks for the compliment!

blazers34's picture

Doesnt sound like he's going to commit to the good guys, but he seems like a great kid.  Good luck to him either way.

trigg03's picture

i really appreciate thes type of comments from us Buckeye fans...i can tell it is geniune & it is also what separates us from the knuckleheads.  To demonstrate classiness & good will allows the nice side of Karma to hang around a lil longer too

osubuck57's picture

Would love if he came on board,but if not,good luck to him and his decision.Seems like a very honest,down to earth kid.Definately doesn't need to be in the spotlight or feelin the love ,like some other recruits seem to swim in.

SCOTTC.

JYBUCKEYE's picture

Watch Coach Meyer get Tebow involved and snag this kid!  Nice job Jeremy!

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

This is refreshing, given the landscape of recruiting these days. This HS junior should make a primer for recruits to navigate the process- could be a better mentor than a lot of kids' parents. I take it he won't be burning the offer letters from the schools he won't be attending? 
good write up. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a winner. 

WB

Danify's picture

This kid is how recruits should conduct themselves as both young men and players of the game of the football. Whatever his decision I will be rooting for Blazevich to success. 

lljjgg's picture

FWIW, all of the writers on 247 are predicting either Clemson or Ole Miss for him:
http://247sports.com/Player/Jeb-Blazevich-18825/PlayerInstitutionPredictions

All of the guys who predicted Ole Miss predicted so today, so have to wonder if they heard some news that he's trending that way. Gotta wonder what it is that's drawing all of these guys that way. Clifton Garrett seems to be trending Ole Miss now, as well. 

 

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Back against the wall, I say Clemson for Blazevich, but he's worth talking to and rooting for regardless.

 

 

buckeyedude's picture

Don't know much about Ole Miss other than the fact they have one of the best tailgates in the country, supposedly. Is it that great of an academic school?

 

 

AllDay028's picture

Ole Miss is not a very good academic school. They do, however, have a great alumni network in the state and it's very much an old boys club. So if he were to be unable to make it to the next level, he would have a good job lined up in Mississippi in a heartbeat.

Bucks43201's picture

Jeb seems like a solid kid with a great head on his shoulders.
Best of luck to this young man wherever he goes!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

m5987usus's picture

Jeremy im a big fan of yours, are you back on this site now?

O-H!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

First of all, I appreciate the compliment, and secondly, yes, I am back with 11W as of today.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Welcome back Birm! Been keeping up with you via twitter. Once 11w...always 11w!

m5987usus's picture

who do you think is the next commit jeremy?

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Jeremy Birmingham's picture

I will predict either Quenton Nelson or Jamarco Jones as the next commitments.

m5987usus's picture

what about mcmillan, booker, garrett, watson, kief, and kitt? do you think they are all osu?

O-H!

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Yes, yes, no, no, yes, and......no.

Buckabroad's picture

Hi Jeremy,
thank you for this article, which I really enjoyed. To me, it was well-written and gave me a good insight. I always like to get a better idea what kind of a person potential OSU recruits are, and your article really accomplished this. Probably bound to the South, but seems like a good kid. Best of luck to him.
I couldn't help but notice that you think Kitt may / will not be OSU-bound? The last I heard, he seemed to be very high on OSU. Do you think this is no longer the case or will change soon?
Thanks again.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

FROMTHE18's picture

ditto on the question about Kitt...i believe 247 thinks he is going elsewhere as well...bit surprising considering all the positive reports about his OSU visit and his feelings towards OSU.

buckeyestu's picture

Jeb would be great in scarlet and gray. Sounds like a very mature young man. I wish him good luck in wherever he plays.

gbdawg's picture

Good Luck Jeb whatever your decision is.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Blazevich won't talk publicly about which schools are standing out for his services until he’s told each school that is no longer in the running that he’s going to choose someone else, a matter of deference and respect that is customary – and expected – when talking to the tight end.

Great kid.  Good luck to him wherever he goes.  I'd love to be able to cheer for him weekly and buy his jersey.

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weimerad's picture

Jeremy, why do you think Quenton Nelson will be a Buckeye.  Many experts and analysts, including some at 11W, say he's all Notre Dame. 
Also, why do you believe Kitt and Garrett won't wear the OSU uniform? 

MN Buckeye's picture

Nice article, Jeremy!  Welcome back, and thanks for your opinions on the other recruits.  Good for Jeb, taking the process from a mature perspective.

zbd's picture

Until OSU starts passing to the TE, getting top recruits at that position will not be easy.  He should go where he will play and develop the most. Actions speak louder than words.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Does Bama pass to the TE a lot?

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Earle's picture

I was interested in the answer to this so I looked it up.  Alabama's starting TE caught 5 passes last year.  His backup caught 2.

Italics are for emphasis.