St. Pius X senior Blake Harrison committed to The Citadel yesterday afternoon. The powerful senior offensive lineman was an integral part of his squad’s rushing attack and made his commitment official when he announced on Twitter:
— Blake (@BlakeHarrison__) December 12, 2016
Playing at The Citadel is no easy walk in the park, and most students are not cut out for life at the military school. Harrison will have a rigorous schedule to uphold, but in return he will receive a first-class education. We caught up with the senior briefly last night, and he talked about how this has been a goal since day one of high school.
“What I really like about The Citadel over other places was the discipline and the structure of your schedule when you are there. Also, the alumni network there is incredible when looking for a job after school and football is over. It has been my number one choice since my freshman year, and football was just an add-on for me as far as going to school there.”
The recruiting process has plenty of twists, and prospects have to exercise patience. That’s why we asked Harrison what advice he can give to younger recruits about how to best handle their recruitment: “(My) advice to other recruits is that it all can happen so fast. As of 2 weeks ago I hadn’t really had any opportunities or offers from schools but then all of the sudden it started to happen and things started to fall into place. Just be patient and if it is really meant to happen it will for you, no matter how late.”
This is the end of a chapter for the senior at St. Pius, so we asked him to look back and talk about his favorite moments as a football student-athlete.
“My favorite part about playing for Pius on Friday nights was the brotherhood and the friendship that we all had with each other, just being able to go out there with all your best friends every Friday and playing in front of big crowds is a great feeling.” Harrison continued, “Also the support from the school was great every Friday even when we struggled this year. Everyone was still supporting us throughout the year and that’s what makes it great.”
The Citadel is getting a very tough physical player who has a ton of experience playing at the varsity level. He matched up against all-region defensive tackles during his career and blew them off the ball. The senior pulls across the line of scrimmage with a lot of intensity, and once he gets his paws on opponents, he drives them back, utilizing great leverage and leg drive. The senior is seemingly a perfect fit at The Citadel, so we expect him to continue to progress as a student-athlete at the next level.