Princeton (Texas) junior quarterback Jourdan Blake has been around the game of football his entire life. His father John Blake has served as head coach at Oklahoma and held assistant positions with North Carolina, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Tulsa and the Dallas Cowboys.
A recent move-in to the Lone Star State, the younger Blake has led Princeton to an 8-1 record on the year.
“I moved here this year,” the 6-foot-1, 185-pound dual-threat prospect said. “I was in Durham, N.C. last year. I was second-strong on varsity there so this is my first year starting.
“[Football is] definitely taken seriously down here – that’s one thing I noticed right away. As far as the actual football, the offenses here are more complex too. The excitement surrounding the games is really intense.”
The younger Blake is now having his own time in the spotlight and has drawn the attention of several schools already.
“I’m hearing from a few schools so far,” he said. “SMU, TCU and Baylor have been sending me a lot of stuff. Washington State and Missouri have been too.
“We haven’t sent my film out just yet so I think they found out about me from our team doing well. I’m going to send my highlights out after the season to a bunch of school.”
Though his father is well-connected in the college coaching circles, he is allowing his son a lot of freedom in the recruiting process.
“If there’s a coach he knows, he’ll talk to him,” the younger Blake said. “Other than that he’s really letting me go on my own. He’s trying to step back and let the process go on. At the same time, he can’t help it because he has lots of connections since he’s been around college football so long and, at the end of the day, he’s my dad and wants the best for me.”
As far as favorites, Blake says a pair of schools stands out.
“I really like TCU,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind staying in state here in Texas and I really like their offense. My dream school is Oregon. Those two schools, I would love to play for. I feel Oregon’s offense fits my style of play. I do a lot of that stuff right now – the zone read, spread, pistol and all that stuff.”
Blake has a teammate in junior wide receiver Jakari Dillard that is already committed to Texas Tech and has been making pitches for his quarterback to join him in Lubbock.
“Jakari wants me to go with him (to Texas Tech),” he said. “He tells me every day I need to go with him. He’s definitely trying to get me there. I still have a year left so you never know.”
In nine games this year Blake has thrown for 1,647 yards and 16 touchdowns while running for another 819 yards and nine scores.