Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Elite 2021 OL Blake Fisher Gets Extra Motivation From His Mother

May 22, 2019
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2021 Avon (Ind.) offensive lineman Blake Fisher‍ has stolen the attention in his house for quite a few months as he’s become one of the nation’s most coveted prospects. 

Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Washington State and Wisconsin are a few of the programs who have offered the 6-foot-6, 325-pounder. 

However, Fisher’s mother, Erica, was the center of attention earlier this month as she graduated with a Master’s degree in Nursing. 

“I’m very proud of my mom,” Fisher said. “It was exciting to see her walk across the stage. I have to keep it going when it’s my turn. It’s great to be able to have that role model in the household.” 

It’s also safe to education matters in the Fisher household. 

“That’s number one,” stated Fisher. “Without academics, you’re not playing football.” 

As the school year comes to an end, the four-star prospect is also excelling in the Avon weight room.

“We’re rebuilding because we lost a lot of seniors last year,” explained Fisher. “The weight room is going well and we have max outs this week. I maxed out on bench at 350 and I squat and clean on Wednesday. 

“We have team camp coming up in about a month and then we will have our own team camp.” 

It’s pretty incredible to think a sophomore in high school is throwing around that kind of weight, even for someone his size. The Avon star isn’t overly worried about his size as the summer approaches, but Fisher mentioned he could drop a little weight if he needed to by the end of the summer. 

“By the time the season starts, I probably want to play at around 315,” stated Fisher. “That’s probably an ideal weight for me. Honestly, as long as I can move, I’ll be fine.” 

Fisher not only turned heads with his size at The Opening regional in Massillon (Ohio) a month ago, but he was the best offensive lineman in the camp. 

The Indiana native showed patience and consistency throughout the day, which is something he has focused on this offseason.

“Pass blocking is probably one of my strengths,” explained Fisher. “I’m a long and tall guy. I have long arms. In the past, it’s about patience and not wanting to strike too soon or jump to conclusions on what the man across from me is about to do.

“Run blocking, it’s about staying low and being nasty. I just want to get after it.” 

When it comes to his recruitment, Avon was a busy place this spring as some of the top coaches in the country were rolling through. Fisher admitted several schools were recruiting him hard as they hope to get him on campus this summer.

“Everyone is recruiting me hard at this stage,” said Fisher. “Everyone is trying to get me to camp or come on a visit this summer. I’m just trying to narrow it down so my junior year isn’t as stressful and then I want my senior year to be as free as possible.” 

A free senior year would mean Fisher wants to be committed by that point in time so he can focus on his team and enjoy his final year of high school ball. 

“I have a date in mind,” Fisher said of a commitment date. “It will be sometime next year. It will be before my senior year. I want my senior year to be stress-free at all costs, so I’ll commit sometime before my senior year.” 

When it comes to Notre Dame, it’s not a secret offensive line coach Jeff Quinn had made a significant impression on Fisher.

“It’s great,” stated Fisher. “He’s still in the same position and a great guy. He’s still a father figure to me. The relationship has got a lot better and we’re a lot closer. Right now, we’re building the relationships and getting questions answered.” 

Quinn hasn’t been the only strong Notre Dame influence showing up on Fisher’s phone. 2021 commits Tyler Buchner‍ and Greg Crippen‍ have been a consistent presence over the past few months and it has allowed Fisher to get to know what kind of players he could potentially be playing with in South Bend.

“Tyler and I probably talk the most out of Notre Dame’s commits,” Fisher explained. “He’s coming hard. He texts me at least once a week to see when I’m coming back up and telling me Notre Dame is a great place and the place to be. 

“Big Greg, he texts me every now and then to check in to see where I’m at. He’s a great guy. He’ll be a great asset for Notre Dame in the upcoming years. It’d be exciting to play by him one day and we’ll see if that happens.” 

Does the popular saying ‘Great players want to play with other great players’ apply to Fisher? Buchner potentially being the top-ranked quarterback in the 2021 class has his attention. 

“It’s a thought,” stated Fisher. “I’m going to go to the place best for me. Blocking for one of the best quarterbacks in my class is of interest to me and I’d be pretty excited.” 

As far as a return trip to Notre Dame, Fisher hasn’t locked anything in as he is planning out his summer. 

“I don’t know if I plan on going to any camps,” said Fisher. “I might go to one or two. I haven’t set a date to get back to Notre Dame yet. My summer is kind of busy with graduation parties and graduations. I have to see where all that lands.” 

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