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John Blake recruiting lights out

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm •  Published: February 1, 2009

A glance at the national team recruiting rankings, and the top five are no surprise. LSU, Ohio, USC, Texas, Alabama.

But check out who’s knocking on the door at No. 6.

North Carolina.

A big reason for that is former Oklahoma head coach and current UNC defensive line coach John Blake, who’s recruiting like a man on fire for Butch Davis and the up-and-coming Tar Heels.

According to, Blake had a hand in landing at least eight commitments for UNC, including five-star defensive end Donte Moss, the No. 16-ranked overall prospect nationally.

He also helped UNC reel in Jheranie Boyd, the nation’s No. 3 wide receiver, who at one point was being pursued heavily by OU.

Blake, who’s been at UNC since 2007, hasn’t just been a big-time recruiter, either.

Last April, he turned two perennial underachieving defensive linemen into NFL Draft picks, including first-round selection Kentwan Balmer.

Say what you want about Blake’s tenure as OU’s head coach.

But there’s no dispute, he’s one of the top performing position coaches in all of college football.

By Jake Trotter

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