Varsity Preps

Blake Power, #23 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Photo by Richey Miller

They may as well rename the state of Arkansas from “The Natural State,” at least from a football recruiting perspective, to “The Tight End State.” For those that are counting, there are at least three players out of the 25 “Arkansas 25 For 2015″ players that are tight ends. If you count the multiposition prospect Jamario Bell, then that makes four. Tight end is a strange position to be exceedingly strong at in a class, but Arkansas has done it, and three out of the four are in the top 10. The most overlooked tight end in this class would have to be Fayetteville’s Blake Power. The two-way baseball and football player is obviously overshadowed by his positional counterpart C.J. O’Grady, but Power has qualities that could thrust him into college football.

Power is a longer tight end than his teammate O’Grady. Standing at 6’5” and around 200 pounds, Power is a big tall body with soft hands. He could use some added weight, because tight ends in this era of football have to be both physical and athletic. Power won’t make as spectacular plays like O’Grady, but he has as sure of hands as anyone in the class. He is capable of making the one-handed snag every now and again. Power also runs crisp routes, which helps him due to his lack of weight over the middle of the field. Power could turn out to be more of a wide receiver, than a tight end in college. There is also the prospect of Power playing college baseball. Either way, there is a 6’5” 200 pound athlete with soft hands out there for schools to look at. At some point, something has got to give. The only question that will hurt Power is his speed.

Power hasn’t had a lot of attention come his way. That may be due to his baseball schedule, which disallows him to be able to market himself during the spring like many top prospects do. Obviously he has been evaluated by the home state and hometown University of Arkansas, but there hasn’t been a ton of movement there. There isn’t a lot of information out there either, for Power to use to market himself. Right now, the ball is in Power’s court still. He has plenty of time to market himself, but hopefully there are some things he knows himself need to be worked on if he wants to continue his football career at all.

The Verdict: Blake Power is one of those players that could turn out to be a “best kept secret” prospect. He has the size, the hands, and the intangibles to succeed somewhere in the college football realm. He will likely be a Division II or FCS player at this point with the limited knowledge and information that is out on him. After this summer, we should know more on his measure-ables. Starting to sound like a broken record, but another player that can make moves by camping well. This is the first player though that doesn’t have a lot of info out on him already.

Pros: Height, Hands, Route Running

Cons: Lack of Exposure, Weight, Speed

Check out Blake’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1382462/blake-power

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