TULSA — As early as elementary school, Blake Mejia said he knew he wanted push other boys around.
He wanted to force them to move from one destination to another. A boy like that is bound to become an offensive lineman.
So it was with Tulsa Union guard Mejia.
Chris Hall, Tulsa Union's H-back, is close enough with Mejia that he's allowed to call him by his first name. But not so close that he'd be willing take on Mejia in the Okie drill.
“He's very strong,” Hall said. “Get the job done, and get the job done right. He's gonna try to get the job done and get it done to the best of his abilities.”
Mejia loves to roll up defenders, knock another guy on his rear end. It's why he loves the game.
“I just like to finish blocks — put another guy on his back,” he said. “I just enjoy it.”
His ability to lead the attack in the run-game is one of the many reasons Union coach Kirk Fridrich started him at guard for the Redskins' Class 6A state championship run last season.
“You love to have an offensive lineman who will play a little bit nasty and isn't afraid to play with a little bit of aggressiveness,” Fridich said.
Mejia has more than nastiness in his arsenal. He also has a will to push past his faults, which are physical limits.
Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 280 pounds, those physical limits seem to be next to nil. And it seemed so, during his freshman year at Union, until he blew out his knee.
Mejia tore his left anterior cruciate ligament during the first game. He could have given up football.
But there's no quit in him, and Mejia spent four months rehabbing his knee. By spring football, he was cleared to practice.
Fridrich was happy to have him back after hearing tales of his prowess on the field from one of his assistant coaches.
“I remember our freshman coach saying, ‘He is the best lineman we had, and we only got to play one game with him,'” Fridrich said.
“Blake, for us, just kind of sets the tone on the offensive line. He plays with a lot of energy and aggressive play.”
The Oklahoman's Super 30
Name: Blake Mejia
School: Tulsa Union
Received offers from: Memphis, Northern Colorado, Central Oklahoma