SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Sitting on the back of a golf cart while riding around Auburn’s campus, Mike Blakely appeared to have his mind made up. So did his good friend.
During that late September day, Blakely and Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Marcus Roberson were cruising around and talking about their futures at Auburn. Both were ready to be Tigers and both did everything but make it official.
That moment, however, was short-lived. Blakely (Bradenton Manatee) later committed to Florida and will enroll Monday, while Roberson has gone back and forth a few times with a leader and now lists Auburn and Florida as his top schools.
As Blakely prepares for today’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, he’s using some of his free time to recruit his friend to come to Gainesville with him.
“When I heard he was liking Florida I got his number and said, ‘Marcus, man, what’s up? You should come with me (to Florida),’ ” Blakely said.
“I like his style of play. He’s fast, he’s physical. He’s not all that big, but he plays big. When you’re with him as a friend, he’s cool, he’s chill. That’s what I like about him.”
Roberson will visit Florida on Jan. 21. Blakely will be on campus and is sure to be one of the main guys talking with him.
But the key to Roberson’s recruitment could be his mother. Roberson said during the Under Armour All-America Game practices earlier this week that his mom “loves” Auburn, though he would like her to visit Florida with him.
For Blakely, who met Roberson’s mother during their Auburn visit, winning her over shouldn’t be too hard.
“He’s going to be in good arms with Mike,” Blakely said when asked what he would say to Roberson’s mom.
While Blakely has a message for Roberson’s mom, he also has a friendly one for his bud.
“Come on baby, let’s go,” Blakely said. “You have to make Florida happen. You’re right down the road. Can’t get much better than that. Your mamma gets to come up and see you play whenever you want.”