Feb. 8, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- On paper, he looks like a long and rangy safety. On the football field, he looks like the new breed of cornerback.
At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Colin Blake -- from a physical standpoint -- looks a lot like for former Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie or Alabama's soon-to-be first-round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick; big enough to match up with tall receivers and quick enough to guard shiftier guys in the slot.
Despite those measurables, Blake flew below the radar during the early stages of his recruitment because of his inexperience on the football field. He didn't join the football team at Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas until his junior year.
"He is extremely raw," said FSU defensive ends coach and Blake's primary recruiter D.J. Eliot. "He has only played football for two years. He was a basketball player growing up ... He's got a lot of potential and we're very excited."
Blake's potential was noticed by some of the top football programs during that junior season -- including the Seminoles -- and he continued to turn heads this past year during his senior campaign.
After verbally committing to Texas A&M during an official visit early in the 2011 college football season, Blake de-committed from the Aggies after the firing of former head coach Mike Sherman. His re-opened recruitment then led to visits to Oklahoma and TCU as well as a commitment-sealing trip to Tallahassee on Jan. 13.
"People don't realize how good a player Colin Blake is," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "You're talking about a corner that's 6-2, 185 that's run a 10.6, 10.5 100-meters. Great athlete [that] I think is one of the hidden gems of our class."
At FSU, Blake will continue to learn and develop at cornerback under the tutelage of defensive coordinator/secondary coach Mark Stoops.
Stoops will get the chance to mold Blake after Eliot helped him win the recruiting battle for his services against both of his brothers, Bob and Mike. Bob Stoops is the head coach at Oklahoma and Mike Stoops was recently hired to be the Sooners' defensive coordinator.
"Colin told me one day he talked to three different Stoops brothers," Eliott said with a laugh at the Jimbo Fisher National Signing Day Party, "and he didn't know which one was which."
Number Watch: Just like fellow cornerback signee Ronald Darby, Blake cannot wear the same number at FSU that he did in high school. Since No. 2 is retired (Darby's No. 25 is also off limits), Blake will choose an available number between one and 49 when he gets to Tallahassee.
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