One of the most impressive kids that we have seen on the camp circuit over the off season has been Blake Whiteley (6-5 225 Sr. TE/WR) from West Vancouver Secondary in British Columbia.
The big man from Vancouver was impressive both as an athlete and as a kid, and we could for see him playing somewhere at the D1 level with the proper exposure. Whiteley impressed us first at the " Battle in Seattle" where he was one of the more dominant receivers in attendance.
Whiteley caught 36 balls for 501 yards and 3 Tds in 2011, and was 2nd overall among receivers after the regular season in (BC), while ranking 1st among all junior receivers in yards and catches.
Blake projects as more of a TE with ideal size and outstanding blocking ability. One of his coaches says, " Blake is a willing blocker, great route runner, and a hardworking kid that plays until the whistle. While I would love to say it was great coaching, it had a lot to do with Blakeâ€™s leadership… In our offense he is used more as a WR, but with his body frame he’s projected to be a TE/H-Back at College level"
Over the last 6 weeks Whiteley has attended 11 camps all over the western part of the United States and put himself on a lot of radars. We saw him at the UW Showcase event a few weeks back after he attended a host of college camps (Utah, Utah St, Unlv, Nevada, Wash St, E.Washington, Portland St, and San Jose St to name a few.
When asked what it was like playing in Canada and how recruiting was going Blake says," Its been really good, we have traveled for about the last month going to a bunch of college camps and some of the Barton events". He continued, "We tried to pick out schools that I could see myself playing at relevant to my talent level and then went with that". This was refreshing to hear as a lot of kids end up spending a lot of time and money traveling to places where they would never be able to play.
Whiteley added, " I became friends with three kids here in Canada on Facebook that earned D1 scholarships last year, and I just asked a lot of questions as to how they went about getting recruited".
Blake is a 3.2 student and also a very talented soccer and rugby player. He hopes to help his team improve on their (3-5) record from a season ago as they have a lot of returning starters back. He says, " Ive been in the weight room working almost everyday, and I feel that I gained a lot of good experience by going on the camp circuit". He added, " I just want to keep working hard and try to help my team win, and hopefully earn a scholarship."
Whiteley is definitely a kid with all the tools and someone we really like as a person. Which ever school lands Blake will be getting a kid that loves the game of football, and is willing to do whatever necessary to be successful. We wish him continued success and will bring you updates as they happen.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK5S33sOIsI Blake Whiteley Season Highlights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WApBDzbbtCo UW Showcase Event Highlights
One of Canada’s Top TE/WR’s Blake Whiteley (6-5 225 Sr. West Vancouver Secondary) has had a phenomenal off season