"I came out to watch ULM go through their walk through and watched how they ran their defense" said Cameron Blakes. Basically they run a 4-2-5 which is the same thing we run at Ouachita. Watching them practice I felt so comfortable that I informed Coach Leahy and Coach Weatherbie that I wanted to commit to them".
Blakes makes the seventh verbal commitment for the ULM Warhawks and ranked in the top 100 (#85) in the nation at his position. Speaking of positions, just where does the ULM coaching staff think Blakes will fit in? "Coach Leahy told me that he really likes my size (6'2 215) and how flexable I am. ULM also likes the fact that I accelerate to my top speed very fast. They feel that I can play just about any position from linebacker, cornerback, or safety. More than likely they will take a look at me at the bandit position and go from there".
The Warhawks have really made an effort to try and keep the local talent right here in Northeast Louisiana and with the teams recent success and the growing number of local players already on the roster, athletes are talking notice. "ULM has gotten some really nice signature wins lately" said Blakes. Getting a chance to play so close to home definitely played a role in my decision. That and my mother also attends ULM. I will probably look into following her and work towards getting my degree in business".
Cameron has turned in back to back monster years on the football field for the Lions. As a sophomore he registered 90 tackles, 8 sacks, and 3 interceptions. He followed that up with a junior campaign with 85 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions. In this years spring game Blakes has several big plays against cross town rival West Monroe (highlights coming).
Blakes committed to the Warhawks over offers from Louisiana Tech, Tulane, McNeese, and Northwestern. "Tulsa was showing strong interest in me but I lost touch with them. Arkansas has been sending me a lot of hand written letters recently but no offer".
"I'm looking forward to getting to ULM and joining some of the guys I played against in high school. ULM has really improved their campus and athletics and I am looking forward to being a part of that".
Note* Current ULM starting WR LaGregory Sapp is a graduate of OPHS.