Grand Blanc wide receiver Blake Bogan’s 2016 season could not be going better after one week.
During the first game in Bogan’s senior campaign, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound wideout notched three touchdowns and 164 yards on six receptions. Adding to that fast start, he also caught his first Division I scholarship offer the day after.
“I talk to a lot of schools, but Eastern [Michigan] likes me, so that was my first offer where they actually offered me,” Bogan told Today’s U. “That was my first Division I offer. I have two Division II offers from Davenport and Northwood University, but this was my first full-ride Division I scholarship. It’s really exciting. It was great because all my hard work is looking to pay off, all the offseason training I’ve been doing. Then I can eventually help my parents out with paying for school. That’s been a key to me. That’s what I wanted to do for them with all they do for me.”
Bogan visited Eastern Michigan recently, and his trip to Ypsilanti allowed for the senior receiver to check out the Eagles’ campus. He spoke highly about his time at The Factory, a trip that further acclimated him to the Eastern Michigan program.
“They invited me to their scrimmage last Saturday,” he explained. “I went there and they showed me around the facilities. I met all the coaches, and it was just a nice place. It’s nice, the staff is nice. They greet me with open arms. I like the atmosphere there and everything.”
This offer comes after just one week, though. Bogan is unsure of how his recruitment will turn out this year. An official visit to Eastern Michigan is possible, but it depends on what other schools step up with an offer as well.
“I would be open to that,” he said of an official to Eastern Michigan. “I don’t know what else is coming my way so far right now, but if I could I’d be open to taking an official to Eastern too. It’s my first one, and I just want to keep moving and see what I can get.”
When other schools do join EMU and heavily recruit Bogan, the Flint-area player will have to weigh various options. Location appears to be one factor, and he described what else he will look for in a program.
“I would like to stay in the Midwest right now,” he explained. “I don’t want to go too far from home. I can go out of state, but I wouldn’t want to go too far.”
“A major key I would consider would be the program, like how family-oriented the program is. I’m leaving my family and I want to be somewhere I feel like I’m in a family. They have my back and want the best for me on and off the field and I can get a good education, so if football doesn’t work out I can get a good job.”
On the field, Bogan is a dependable target who has strong command of the route tree and times his jumps well on 50-50 balls. In addition to his value to Grand Blanc as a passing threat, he also serves as a defensive back for the school and put together an impressive debut.
“I did pretty well on defense. That was my first time playing defense on the varsity level. I hadn’t played defense since middle school,” he said. “I was just picking up defense, and it was a good game all around for me and my team as well.
“I’m playing free safety. I’m real comfortable at free safety. It’s like playing center field. I play baseball too, so it’s like playing center field.”
Bogan also notched an interception on the day. Click here to take a look at Bogan’s highlights from week one of his senior season.