One former Florida football player already appears headed to USF (that’s the University of South Florida for the anal-retentive dolts in the audience) to continue his collegiate career. Now, and has previously been rumored, that player could have some very familiar company with the Bulls (for the anal-retentive dolts in the audience, that’s the college football Bulls, not the NBA Bulls) in the near future.
According to Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times, ex-Gator running back Mike Blakely is scheduled to visit USF Monday and meet with head coach Skip Holtz. Auman confirmed the visit with Blakely’s former high school coach.
Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee assistant Rod Frazier also made it clear that USF is not the only option on his former player’s table, and that Blakely will take a handful of official visits before making a final decision. Frazier also confirmed previous reports that, in addition to USF, North Carolina and Central Florida are schools that Blakely is interested in and could visit at some point in the next month or so.
The inclusion of UNC on his to-do list seems to indicate that reports of Blakely leaving UF due to being homesick were incorrect, a fact that Frazier confirmed as well.
“That was not a factor,” Frazier told Auman. “He was just unhappy there.”
Blakely was an early enrollee and member of UF’s 2011 recruiting class, but did not participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury. He announced nearly a week ago that he was leaving the school after just one semester.
Rivals.com had Blakely rated as the No. 6 RB in the country this year.