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When JeB BLazevich MaDe a coMMiTMenT To change positions from wide receiver to tight end before his junior season, he set a goal of adding 40 pounds. The Charlotte Christian senior ate five meals a day until
he achieved his goal, eventually developing a frame befitting a profes-
sional tight end – 6-foot- 5, 240 pounds.
“I used to think my size was my biggest strength, but then I learned I
was one of the smaller dudes on the field,” Blazevich said. “People are so
big, I needed to get bigger and focus on technique. Now, I’m very technical
in everything I do.”
Blazevich’s receiving totals took a hit from his sophomore season due
to the position change, but his team benefited from the move as Charlotte
Christian won its first North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Asso-
ciation 3A championship since 2008.
“Winning a state championship last season was the highlight of my
career because of the relationships I developed with my teammates,”
Blazevich said. “We all sacrificed so we could have a championship year.”
Blazevich had 30 receptions for 379 yards and five touchdowns last
season, down from 32 catches, 513 yards and six touchdowns in 2011.
However, the position change seemed to cause talent evaluators to view
Blazevich in a different, more positive light. He was named MVP of the
Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp in April. Two weeks later, he commit-
ted to university of Georgia.
“Someone asked me, ‘Are you just going to cruise now?’” Blazevich
said. “I’ll never do that. Any day I can get better, I will get better.”
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kenTavius sTReeT’s FooTBaLL caReeR has taken two dramatic turns over the last four years. The first came when he was an eighth-grader in Coffee County, Ga., and his coaches decided to move him
from linebacker to defensive end.
“over the years, the coaches found out I was very good with
my hands,” Street said, “but I wasn’t very good with my feet as a
linebacker. one day, they told me to put my hand on the ground,
and they saw a spark in me.”
The second dramatic turn in Street’s football career came
before his junior year when his family moved to Greenville. The
6-foot- 4, 255-pound defensive end brought more than anyone
could have expected to J.H. Rose High. Last season, he had 93
tackles, including 19. 5 for a loss, and 4. 5 sacks.
“I think when I came here, everyone basically knew what I was
capable of,” Street noted. “I started as soon as I arrived. The
change in the environment was the toughest thing for me.”
Street’s college prospects have shined significantly brighter
since January when he was named MVP of the united States
Army Junior Combine in Texas. Street was unstoppable during
1-on- 1 competitions and recorded a 35.5-inch vertical leap and
a 4.8-second 40-yard dash.
“I’m doing a ton of conditioning right now,” Street said. “Right
now, I’m way ahead of my class in terms of speed and strength.
I’m way out ahead.”