POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. – Sophomore Trey Blount, a 6’3”, 177-pound wide receiver for Hillgrove High School, is working hard this offseason to improve on what was a successful 2014 year. The Hawks went 9-4, falling to Archer in the Georgia 6A quarterfinals.
“Its been going well,” Blount said. “I’ve been visiting different schools, getting to know more about them. I’ve been going to different camps, going to 7-on-7, just trying to get my name out there. I’m on a 7-on-7 team called FSS, Fundamentally Sound Sports.”
By participating in travel 7-on-7, Blount is looking to refine his skills by going against other elite talent on the road.
“We’ve been everywhere really,” Blount said. “We’ve been in Atlanta, Tennessee, Florida. We should be going to North Carolina and Florida again for the IMG Tournament. Just with them, I’ve been going against the best cornerbacks. With them I’ve been working on getting off the press, learning how to stack people after I pass them and looking every catch in.”
Blount describes himself as a “big wide receiver” with “great route running, great hands”, and he is working hard to improve. According to Blount, he was clocked running a 4.36 40-yard dash at a camp recently, so the numbers suggest that he is quite fast as well.
As a result, schools across the South have started to take notice of Blount’s talent. Alabama was the first program to offer the talented class of 2017 wide receiver just over a week ago.
“Lately Alabama came and offered me,” Blount said. “Since I met coach Bobby Williams, that’s the first time I’ve been in contact with Alabama. The program itself is a great program. They have numerous BCS Championships, Nick Saban is just a great coach that knows how to coach the team up, win and put players in the NFL. The football program strives for the best and it’s just been getting better each year.”
Blount also says he is in close contact with Georgia, Clemson and South Carolina, while Florida State, NC State and Kentucky are showing more interest as of late.
On April 1, Blount visited the Clemson campus to take in a practice and the talented prospect came away very impressed with the Tigers program.
“Clemson invited me to their spring practice one weekend,” Blount said. “It was great, I love being in Death Valley. I got the chance to check out some receivers, see what the Clemson football program is all about and I really enjoyed it.”
Shortly after that, South Carolina held its Spring Game on April 11 and Blount was in attendance to observe the Gamecocks team.
“South Carolina invited me up to their spring game,” Blount said. “It was just a great atmosphere with fan support and coaches. It just looked so fun. I’ve been there numerous times before.”
The program that may have the inside track in Blount’s recruitment, though, is the Georgia Bulldogs. Growing up in the Peach State, Blount is very familiar with the Georgia program and members of his family are strong supporters.
“I’ve talked to most of the coaches,” Blount said. “Coach Bryan McClendon, coach [Bryan] Shottenheimer, coach Thomas Brown, coach [Kevin] Sherrer. The coaches are great, the atmosphere of Georgia is great, the football program is just awesome. My great uncle and my father are both ride or die fans of Georgia.”
When asked if a Georgia offer would be a “game changer” in his recruitment, Blount responded quickly with a definitive answer.
“Yes sir,” Blount said. “Because they have a great coach in Mark Richt. He’s a Christian man and my dad always taught me that a man who is a Christian man is a great guy.”
With the summer camp season quickly approaching, Blount has a schedule already mapped out that includes visits to some traditional Southern powers.
“I’m taking a lot of visits this summer for their college camps,” Blount said. “I’ll be going to Alabama for their camp, Clemson, NC State, Georgia and South Carolina.
I believe if I go to their camp and present myself in front of them that I will walk out with an offer.”