As spring begins, the recruitment of North Carolina-based tight end prospect Jeb Blazevich is heating up. The much-coveted recruit has indicated he intends to make his college choice this spring, and many of the nation's top programs are taking a shot at landing him.
Recruit name: Jeb Blazevich
High School & hometown: Charlotte (NC) Christian High School
Position: Blazevich is being recruited as a tight end.
Height and weight: Blazevich stands 6'4 and weighs 230 pounds.
Ratings: He has been given four-star ratings by Rivals and 24/7, and is listed as a consensus four-star recruit by 24/7. Scout gives Blazevich a three-star rating. ESPN has not issued a rating on Blazevich yet, but does have him as part of their 300-player watch list.
Offers: Blazevich holds offers from some of the nation's top programs, including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Virginia Tech, and the in-state Tar Heels of North Carolina.
Recruit's twitter account: Jeb Blazevich is on Twitter at the creatively-named @JebBlazevich.
Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst: Blazevich has extremely good body control. He is comfortable working in limited space, like the sideline or the red zone. Blazevich has excellent balance, which helps him run solid routes, particularly on double moves against a linebacker. And he is an excellent pass catcher, naturally plucking the football with his hands and not letting it get into his body.
Blazevich shows good speed for a tight end, and isn't awkward. He accelerates well out of his cuts to gain separation.
Blocking is an area in which he'll need to display greater prowess at the next level. Blazevich is athletic enough to block linebackers and safeties, but will have to bulk up and work on his blocking if he is to be an in-line tight end in college. Better blocking will also help him to gain better separation on play action, as he better sells the run. There's also the possibility that Blazevich will end up as an H-back in college.
Blazevich projects as a potential multi-year starter at the major college level.