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USC among schools standing out for Elite 2022 RB Jaydon Blue

August 15, 2020
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Elite 2022 Running Back Jaydon Blue‍ recieved his offer from USC on March 27th this year and let the public know when he put out this tweet: 

 

We first saw Blue in mid-January at the Dallas Pylon 7v7 Event. He didn't have an offer from USC at the time and therefore not much interest in the Trojans. Although only 7v7, there was no doubt Blue was a tremendously talented athlete. Since January, Blue’s gotten offers from nearly every elite program in the nation...and we're not surprised.

The last time we saw Blue in action was in Rowlett (TX) when he was ballin for Fast Houston at the Dallas Paylon 7V7 in June.

Despite is young age, Blue is a focused student of the game and excels in the classroom. He has an offer from the Stanford Cardinal, possibly the most difficult offer to earn in Power 5 Collegiate Athletics. They don't offer kids without at least a 3.7 GPA, and it's extremely challenging to maintain that level of excellence on and off the field.

“Education is a big factor in me picking a school because I'm a 4.0 GPA student,” Blue said. “So, when it comes to education, I'm really big on that. It's just not about sports, but grades also."

Klein Cain head football coach James Clancy told us Blue is always looking at video to critique himself and to improve as a football player. And while Blue’s developed greatly the past year as a football player, he's also matured and developed as a young man per Coach Clancy.

There are many outstanding running back prospects in the state of Texas, but it'll be difficult to find a more complete back than Blue regardless of recruiting class. He's fast, elusive, strong, has impressive footwork and exceptional pass catching skills. He's also extemely competitive.

“I feel I've really developed into a compete back this past year,” said Blue.”My Freshman year I didn't really catch any passes and just ran the ball. But after my first year, I started playing 7on7, played a lot at wide out and did things a lot of running backs don't do. It really helped me with my pass catching, route running and if there's something going on with football, I’ll be there."

His versatility for an offensive coordinator like USC’s Graham Harrell is limitless. Blue can easily line up anywhere on the field and be a huge mismatch for defenses, much like Elite 2022 Mater Dei RB Raleek Brown‍.

Blue’s offer his is one of the most impressive of any 2022 prospects and includes schools like USC, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, ASU, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Florida St., Georgia Tech, Houston, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi St., Ohio St., Oklahoma St., Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn St., SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. 29 scholarship offers, he's only a rising junior and there was no Spring Evaluation Period this year. 

He told us a few months ago his Top Six Schools were USC, Alabama, LSU, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia, but Blue's in no hurry to decide on a school and right now his focused on his junior season with Klein Cain. The scheduled start to the 2020 season is Friday Sept. 25 against Klein HS.

Despite not being able to visit the USC campus this Summer, Blue and USC WR Commit Quaydarius Davis‍ visited Los Angeles in June and stayed with L.A. Cathedral QB Lucas Lenhoff. Lenhoff’s been playing with Fast Houston this Spring and Summer on the 7v7 circuit. 

"really liked L.A.,” Blue said. ”I loved the beach, it's a great environment, we didn't get to see USC, but we drove past it, and we worked out a lot down there. I also like the high school (Cathedral) out there a lot. I'll definitely get back for a visit to USC at some point."

USC was one of the schools Blue planned to visit this Summer, but had to cancel unofficial campus visits due to the CovId-19 Pandemic.

“I had Planned to visit USC, OU, LSU again, UT and Alabama,” he said. 

Although Blue's interest in the Trojans was a mild earlier this year, USC has made a strong impression with Coach Mike Jinks leading the recruitment.

“I talk to Coach Jinks once a week and we talk a little bit a bit football, we talk about personal stuff and he's just a real genuine great guy,” Blue said. “We have also pretty much discussed the kind of offense they run and how I will produce for them. We’ve also talked alot about how he could make me better as a person and not just a player."

USC head coach Clay Helton and Blue have also been on Facetime calls a few times.

Don’t expect anything dramatic to happen with Blue and his recruitment until 2021. He plans to take unofficial and official visits before making a decision on a school.

JAYDON BLUE 2019 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:

 
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