Thursday, January 31, 2013

Prep football: Former Manatee RB Mike Blakely leaving Auburn

photo by Grant Jefferies
Mike Blakely is on the move.
Manatee's former standout running back is no longer enrolled at Auburn, according to the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga.
The paper was told of Blakely's departure Wednesday night by Kirk Sampson, Auburn's associate athletic director.
Blakely ran for 153 yards on 33 carries for the Tigers, but in November, tweeted "up bored spending my last days in AU wisely! change is coming in my life", according to the Ledger-Enquirer. Blakely  said he was referring to getting a break from school, but was never again made available to reporters.
Blakely was a four-year starter for the Hurricanes and rushed for 1,323 yards and 16 touchdowns while helping Manatee reach the Class 5A state title game in 2009. He committed to Florida in the fall of 2010, graduated early from Manatee was enrolled and taking classes in Gainesville by January 2011.
But Blakely decided to transfer to Auburn in May of that year. Auburn was the only school Blakely visited officially during the recruiting process.
While it is unclear where Blakely will wind up, he did visit USF before deciding on Auburn.
The Bulls are coached by former Manatee standout Willie Taggart.

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