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Special signing day for DI bound student-athlete

From Las Plumas to Sierra College now to Morehead, Kentucky. Blake Friese is about to embark on a new chapter thanks to football.

Posted: May 2, 2020 4:41 PM
Updated: May 2, 2020 4:41 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -- Division one offenses beware, Blake Friese is a disruptor on the football field.

"On the inside you get to butt heads every single play. That's what I like," said Friese.

After two years at Sierra College, the defensive tackle earned high honors on the field and off.

Now, he's headed to Kentucky to play DI football for Morehead State University.

Blake's mother Salena Riley says, "He's a hard worker and he has earned everything that he's gotten right now and I am so very proud and I'm going to miss him like nobody's business."

"You know I've done this my whole life, you know, I want something to show for it and now something's showing for it."

Friese signed his letter of intent to officially become an eagle, but it wasn't your typical signing day.

What normally takes place at school, is being held in Friese's backyard.

"It was pretty surreal. It still hasn't hit me. I don't when it's going to hit me maybe when I cross Kentucky borderline, I'm not too certain," said Freise.

What is certain is the love and support Friese had when he needed it the most.

"Without the support I don't know where I'd be honestly. I got a dad and mom who were split up from young, but I got two stepparents that came in and both stepparents you know had the same support that my parents have and that's pretty amazing. Not a lot of people have that."

The feeling's mutual. "You know i just don't know what to say I'm a very proud stepfather... father," Brian Riley, Blake's stepfather, clarifies.

Brian added, "he just exceeded... he just exceled at everything he needed to do."

To get where he needed to be going into the sumer, he also had to rely on support and training from longtime friend Chase Hayes who's a local personal trainer.

Hayes said, "I'm proud of him. We've done a lot of hard work and there was a point to where he didn't think he was going DI. We had to work really hard for it and just every day we just had to keep on working because you've got to work for it. Nothing comes free."

Wise words from Blake's day one.

"We've known each other forever... we'll facetime each other probably every day," said Hayes.

Friese's next goal is to represent where he comes from.

"I really want to put on for my town. I want to show the kids what they can do what they can do here. There's possibilities to get out and there's people that want to help you and I took all the resources I could to get out of here."

Friese will be making the move to Kentucky in June and hopes to pursue law school once he finishes his undergrad. He's off to a good start leaving Sierra College with a 3.96 grade point average.

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