With playoffs consuming his schedule over the past two months, Ja’Quain Blakely has not had the time to take a single official visit.
The three-star linebacker and Tennessee commit acknowledged he will likely take his Knoxville official visit the last weekend of January. As for the other four allotted trips, Blakely said it’s possible he could use one to head to Florida. He has held the Gators in high regard since August and says defensive coordinator Geoff Collins speaks to him regularly.
But the Colquitt County (Ga.) standout isn’t backing away from his commitment.
“I don’t think I’ll reconsider,” Blakely told SEC Country. “I’m pretty firm with Tennessee.”
Blakely, whose team won the Georgia Class AAAAAA state championship on Saturday, is eager to head to Knoxville with his high school career in the rearview mirror.
“The coaching staff, players, I’m really ready to get that college experience in me and play for the Volunteers,” Blakely said. “What’s better than playing for them?”
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior says he’s eager to contrbute to the program and maintained he wasn’t at all deterred by the program’s 8-4 season.
“Sometimes you have rocky seasons,” Blakely said. “They’re a real good team. They just struggled a little bit in the beginning. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.”