March 23, 2011

Florida linebacker adds SEC offer

The offers didn't come in as rapidly or as soon as Jawand Blue had hoped.

Sure enough, however, the offers are indeed beginning to roll in for the 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker from Boca Raton (West Boca Raton), Fla.

Virginia Tech was first to offer Blue. Then Ole Miss jumped into the mix within the past couple of weeks.

"It was exciting to me to be offered by a big university like that," Blue said. "They do good every year and they have a lot of tradition. (Ole Miss cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn) said I could play outside linebacker or inside linebacker. I kind of like inside, but I can play outside. It doesn't matter to me."

Blue is in no hurry to make a decision or narrow his choices. Instead, he is hoping the Hokies and Rebels are the beginning of a flurry of schools jumping into the mix for his signature.

"I hope it goes that way," Blue said. "I don't want to say anything too early, but people tell me I'm under the radar. Hopefully if it all works out, I should pretty much blow up."

Blue is also not naming a leader yet, though he conceded "the only school that's really up there is Virginia Tech. That was my first offer. I know a lot of guys up there. Right now, I'm wide open."

Blue said he's also hopeful to land offers from Florida, West Virginia and Wisconsin, three schools that are of strong interest to him. He plans to visit Virginia Tech and possibly Louisville, Central Florida and Florida this summer.

In the meantime, Blue said he's hoping a summer full of 7-on-7 tournaments will improve his coverage skills, making him a more versatile linebacker at the collegiate level.

"I'm a hard hitter," Blue said. "I'm quick off the ball. I play with a lot of energy."

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