POWDER SPRING, Ga. – During the 2015 campaign, junior athlete Trey Blount has worked hard to lead his team to a 6-2 record, which ties Pace Academy for second in the region as of now. On Thursday, Blount received an offer from Michigan State, his fifth off the process so far.
This year, Blount has pulled in 18 receptions for over 350 yards in what he calls a “great” junior season.
“I feel like I can bring more to the team as far as contributing to offense,” Blount told Today’s U. “I’ve been playing defense also. I’ve just been contributing to the team as much as I can in any way I can.”
Listed as a 4-star prospect and the No. 39 junior wide receiver in the country according to 247Sports.com, Blount is athletically gifted with a skill set paralleled by few his age.
“I’m definitely a big-bodied receiver,” Blount said. “Definitely physical, fast, great route running skills, great catching in traffic or by myself. I’m definitely a person that will uplift the team and make us do better.”
With offers from Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State and South Carolina, Blount says most schools project his talents to the wide receiver position at the next level.
“But I’ve also heard a couple schools, I believe Georgia and Alabama, they have watched tape of me playing free safety,” Blount said. “I have two picks back there, so they’ve also been talking to me about playing free safety.”
As for his most recent offer from the Spartans, Blount says he was tipped off regarding Michigan State’s presence at practice prior to the fact. With this in mind, Blount prepared for a big day.
“Word was going around school that Michigan State was going to be at practice today,” Blount said. “We had a walk-through for our game tomorrow, so I took it into consideration and told myself to make sure I look sharp, make sure I’m coming out of my breaks clean and make sure I look the best. After practice, the coach was there and I introduced myself to him. He let me know that Michigan State wanted to extend an offer out to me.”
Up until this point, Blount has had limited contact with the Michigan State coaching staff before picking up his offer.
“I was definitely surprised because that’s the second time I’ve been in contact with Michigan State,” Blount said. “It’s definitely a blessing to me to see the hard work I’ve put in on and off the field pay off, especially on one of my off days, and to have the opportunity to play for Michigan State.”
During his conversation with Michigan State, Blount also picked up an invite to visit East Lansing for either a game or practice prior to the Spartans’ bowl game, an event that Blount is hopeful to attend.
“The coach also invited me to their last two home games, one against Maryland and the other against Penn State,” Blount said. “He also said if I can’t make it up there, I can come to one of their practices before their bowl game. I’m definitely trying to make it up there.”
Later on this season, Blount plans on visiting Alabama for the LSU game on November 7th and Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish host Wake Forest on November 14th.
“I’m very excited [to visit Alabama],” Blount said “The campus atmosphere on game day, fan support, just seeing how the coaches operate and visiting the facilities and campus also are key.”
Blount has a longstanding connection to the Crimson Tide, as Alabama marked the dynamic athlete’s first college scholarship offer.
“They were the first school to offer me,” Blount said. “My previous school I was in the weight room lifting weights, when the tights end coach from Alabama, he was there one day. I introduced myself and he also knew who I was. It was the first time ever being in contact with Alabama and he also told me they wanted to extend an offer to me. I literally almost cried because that was just a blessing also and it was an awesome feeling to have my first offer. Then to have it be from Alabama, it was just the best thing ever.”
Many programs are figured to join Alabama and Michigan State in the hunt for Blount’s pledge.