April 3, 2012

Nowland high on CSU following visit

Colorado State's new coaching staff has hit its home state hard on the recruiting trail for the Class of 2013, becoming the first school to offer Grand Junction defensive end Austin Berk, who recently became the school's first commitment in this year's class, and Bear Creek center prospect Jake Bennett.

Castle Rock (Colo.) Douglas County offensive tackle Blake Nowland also received his first scholarship offer from the Rams' coaching staff at their Junior Day last weekend, joining Bennett and Pine Creek defensive tackle Dalton Fields.

The 6-foot-5, 285 pound Nowland said he had a positive experience in Fort Collins, which gave him the opportunity of meeting Ram coaches Jim McElwain, Derek Frazier and Marty English.

"It was real cool. I loved the campus, the athletic facilities, and everything about CSU. They showed us around and I met all the coaches," Nowland said. "I really like Coach McElwain, Coach Frazier and Coach English."

Nowland confirmed that both offensive line coach Derek Frazier and co-defensive coordinator Marty English have been in contact with the local tackle prospect via phone calls and emails.

Other schools have also shown interest in Nowland and the talented lineman has started to formulate a list of favorites. He said he's received varying forms of communication from TCU, Wyoming, San Diego State, UNLV, and Duke. After his visit to Colorado State, Nowland said he is high on the Rams and Horned Frogs.

Aside from the Rams, neighboring rival Wyoming is expecting a visit from Nowland in the near future.

"I'll be going to Wyoming at the end of the month."

Does he expect more offers to start rolling in?

"I believe that I will start to get more offers from some of the schools that I have been talking to."

The trend for recruits to graduate early and enroll in the spring before their freshman year seems to have caught on with Nowland.

"I'm actually contemplating being a December grad, so I'd like to make a decision before then."

The Douglas County standout said he has squat max of 495 pounds and bench 395 pounds. That size and strength, combined with an improved blocking skill set has made him a dominant blocker in the trenches.

"I feel like I'm a pretty good pass blocker. I can step up and be a leader when it's needed and I'm very football smart and I know what's going on."

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