November 16, 2006

Behrens' team after another state title

One of the reasons why Blake Behrens made his college decision over the summer was so he could focus on helping his team win back-to-back 5A state championships.

The 6-foot-3, 274-pound offensive lineman from Phoenix, Ariz., has been a Colorado pledge since early July.

"The season is going well," he explained. "I have been moving around a lot between the offensive and defensive line because we've had some injuries this season. But I feel that I have been playing well on both sides of the ball."

Behrens and his Brophy Prep teammates defeated Gilbert, 34-6, in the first round of the playoffs. They will match up against Chandler in the quarterfinals this Friday.

The Arizona Republic has dubbed it the high school game of the week. Chandler defeated Brophy Prep in week two of the regular season and is coming off its first playoff victory in 10 years.

"Our team as a whole has improved a great deal so I think we are a much better team now than we were in week two when we lost to them," Behrens said. "We have been getting everybody's best shot all season. Since we won the championship in 2005, everyone has been gunning for us."

Behrens earned a scholarship from the Buffaloes after he performed well at CU's summer camp in June. At the time of his commitment, Behrens also held scholarship offers from Colorado State, Utah, Boise State, UTEP and Oregon. The Miami Hurricanes were also on the verge of offering.

"At the beginning of the school year I was still talking with all the different colleges," said Behrens. "But as time went on, I felt even more comfortable with Colorado. So I told all the coaches that I didn't want to waste their time that I was solid with Colorado. So that basically ended things."

Behrens has kept in consistent contact with linebackers coach Brian Cabral, who recruits Arizona from the Buffaloes' staff, along with offensive line coach Chris Strausser and Mark Nolan.

"One of the reasons I really liked Colorado was because of Coach Strausser's coaching philosophy," Behrens explained. "The bottom line is I'm never going to be a big 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman. I am going to be 6-foot-3 and I play lean and I play quick and that's how Coach Strausser likes to have his guys. I think when I get there I will get up to 285, 290-pounds and try to play at that. I am going to head up there as soon as I graduate to workout with the team all summer."

Behrens has yet to take his official visit to CU, but he did visit unofficially back in mid-September

"I went out to Colorado for the ASU game and I got to spend a good amount of time with the other recruits and the coaches," he said. "But I haven't taken my official visit just due to time restraints. I will probably be taking that as soon as the season is over, either that or sometime in January."

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