Blayze Hirlinger (MLB/RB, Class of 2019)

Blayze Hirlinger is a 5-foot-11 190 pound middle linebacker and running back that preps at Perry High School in Perry, Oklahoma (Class of 2019).  In three years at Perry he has 349 total tackles with 49 tackles for loss, and has rushed 44 times for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He is rated the no. 65 rated linebacker nationally by Scout Trout, who also list him as the no. 14 ranked linebacker.

As a freshman (2015) Hirlinger had 116 tackles (64 solo) with 16 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and an interception.  As a sophomore (2016) he had 115 tackles (60 solo), 13 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and another interception.  He was a team captain and was named to the All-Area first-team.  As a junior (2017) he recorded 118 tackles (77 solo), 20 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (with one returned for a touchdown), and two interceptions. He was once again a team captain and named to the All-Area first-team. He also plays baseball and wrestles for Perry.

Hirlinger has not yet been rated by 247 Sports, Rivals, or ESPN.  He has seen recruiting interest from Bucknell, Central Arkansas, Cornell, Drake, Lehigh, Midwestern State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Penn, Tulsa, and Yale.

Hometown: Perry, Oklahoma High School: Perry
Class: 2018 HT/WT: 5’11”, 190 lbs.
Position: Middle Linebacker, Running Back 40 time: 4.7
Profiles: MaxPreps, HUDL Bench/Squat: 310/395 lbs.
Twitter: @Blayze_6 Vertical: 29.1 inches

Q&A with Blayze Hirlinger

What are the things you are looking for in a potential school?
Quality academic programs, a coaching staff that can develop players, resources and support for the student-athlete, and good facilities.

Which schools are currently showing you the most love in the recruiting process?
Bucknell, Drake, and Penn.  All of those programs have first-class coaching staffs.

What are some of your favorites?
Firday Night Lights, Step Brothers, Wheaties, Shinedown, Seether, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and FIFA on Playstation 4.

What is your greatest accomplishment in sports?
Starting every game since my freshman season at middle linebacker and earning a varsity spot as a freshman for one of the best wrestling programs in the nation.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
When I was 9 years old and first started playing football, my Dad demanded two things out of me: (1) to give 100% every second, every play; and (2) to never quit. Abiding by those two principles has worked out for me pretty well, as my Dad said it would. He’s so smart!

Who is a current player (collegiate or pro) that you seek to emulate on the field?
Luke Kuechly (MLB for the Carolina Panthers) plays the game with great instincts, passion, and heart. He is always around the ball.

What are your personal goals for this season (2018)?
To ben an effective leader among my teammates—helping to make them better players, and to win a state championship in football

Anything else you’d like fans and coaches to know about you?
In my spare time, I really enjoy working with younger kids, trying to improve their fundamentals and skills in football, baseball, and wrestling. Impacting the lives of young kids, being a leader and role model, is extremely rewarding. There is nothing better than serving others from the heart.  I strongly believe that athletic competition builds character, discipline, and integrity, enabling one to be better equipped to positively impact many lives. To me, that is the ultimate vision, the ultimate goal.

Links:  Online Profile (SIMDIF)

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