Chase Blakley first caught the attention of Washington's coaching staff during the Northwest Elite Football Camp at Mercer Island (Wash.) High School in June.
The Huskies liked the 6-foot-4, 214-pound tight end (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Coeur d’Alene) so much, they invited him to their Rising Stars Camp later that month.
The junior’s performance at that event was enough for Washington coach Steve Sarkisian to call the 2014 prospect over and offer him a scholarship. Sarkisian asked Blakley if, “he wanted to be a Dawg.”
Blakley didn’t hesitate, saying, “I would love to.”
But while he felt ready to give a verbal commitment to Washington on the spot, he held off. He decided he needed time to discuss his options with his family.
“I see myself fitting in with Washington the most right now,” said Blakley, who also has offers from Eastern Washington and Idaho. “Out of the three schools, they’re my main school. That’s the school that I would want to go to.”
Blakley finished his first high school practice of the season Monday and said he plans to wait until after his junior year ends before announcing his decision.
During a recent trip to Moscow, Idaho to watch former teammates, quarterback Chad Chalich and receiver Deon Watson, practice at Idaho, Blakley said Vandals coach Robb Akey pulled him aside to off him a scholarship.
For now, though, Washington remains the favorite.
“All of the coaches, they’re awesome,” Blakley said. “They try to get you fired up. It’s just like a game day, every day.”