|Michigan Wolverines — No. 18|
|Date of birth: c. 1993 (age 26–27)|
|Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||Weight: 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|High school: Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Montgomery County, Maryland)|
|*2013 Outback Bowl|
|Career highlights and awards|
Blake Countess (born c. 1993) is an American football defensive back for the Michigan Wolverines football team. He played high school football for Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Montgomery County, Maryland, and played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He committed to the University of Michigan in December 2010 and was rated as the top prospect in the school's recruiting class.
Countess attended Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Montgomery County, Maryland. As a junior in 2009, he totaled over 50 tackles and 20 pass break ups. In May 2010, he was nominated to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football all-star game. As a senior in 2010, Countess averaged 14.7 yards per catch, 35 yards per kickoff return and 22.9 yards per punt return for Good Counsel. Countess played both offense and defense for Good Counsel. His high school coach noted: "What you're going to get from him is he's a lockdown corner, started both ways for me, and if you don't keep an eye on him, he'll run a punt or kickoff back. He's a very reliable, dependable kid, a good character person ... a good, solid citizen, great kid, and good football player."
Recruiting and Army All-American GameEdit
During the 2010 recruiting season, Countess was pursued by many top collegiate football programs including Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Michigan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Maryland, Cincinnati, Louisville, Duke, Illinois, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
In early December 2010, Countess was selected as an Army All-American. At the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played on January 8, 2011, Countess did not allow a single pass completion to any receiver he covered, and the opposing quarterbacks chose not to throw many passes in his direction.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
| Blake Countess|
|Olney, Maryland||Our Lady of Good Counsel H.S.||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)||172.5 lb (78.2 kg)||4.475|| Dec 17,|
|Scout:75px Rivals:75px ESPN grade: 80|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 20 (CB) Rivals: 133, 10 (CB), 3 (MD) ESPN: 14 (CB)|
| Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.|
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
University of MichiganEdit
Commitment to MichiganEdit
On December 17, 2010, Countess announced his oral commitment to attend the University of Michigan. He noted that, after visiting Ann Arbor, he "fell in love with Ann Arbor, the coaches, the school, the football legacy, the Big House, and it's just where I felt at home." He was regarded as the top prospect in Michigan's 2011 recruiting class. ESPN.com called him "a natural cover guy with good size and speed," and noted that he has "all the tools to be an outstanding player in college." Three weeks after Countess committed to Michigan, the school's head coach Rich Rodriguez was fired. After the firing, Countess' high school coach noted that the move was unlikely to effect Countess' commitment. He noted that Countess was aware of rumors about Rodriguez being fired before giving his commitment and noted, "He said he picked Michigan because of the school." He signed his letter of intent with Michigan in February 2011.
Countess saw his first substantial playing time for the 2011 Michigan Wolverines football team in the fourth quarter of a 28-7 victory over San Diego State on September 24, 2011. In less than one quarter, Countess accumulated seven tackles and broke up a pass in the endzone from Ryan Lindley. After the game, Michigan lineman Ryan Van Bergen noted that Countess has "a swagger about him." The following week, Countess again drew praise for forcing a fumble and leading the team in tackles in a 58-0 win over Minnesota. He received the Next Level Player of the Week award from Matt Bracken of The Baltimore Sun. For the season, he earned 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman team recognition from ESPN.com and BTN.com as well as 2011 TSN first team All-Freshman and College Football News All-Freshman honorable mention honors.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Eric Guimaraes (April 8, 2010). "Countess hearing from both Tigers and Gamecocks". Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
- ↑ "Three locals nominated for U.S. Army bowl". The Washington Post. May 3, 2010. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/recruitinginsider/2010/05/three_locals_nominated_for_us.html.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 "Good Counsel defensive back Blake Countess signs with Michigan". The Washington Post. February 2, 2011. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/recruitinginsider/2011/02/national_signing_day_2011_good.html.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Michigan football cornerback recruit Blake Countess committed to the school, not necessarily the coach". AnnArbor.com. January 17, 2011. http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/maryland-recruit-committed-to-the-school-not-necessarily-the-coach/.
- ↑ "Good Counsel DB Blake Countess plans visits to Ga. Tech, U-Md.". The Washington Post. October 8, 2010. http://voices.washingtonpost.com/recruitinginsider/2010/10/good_counsel_db_blake_countess.html.
- ↑ "Blake Countess Still Exploring His Options". GoJackets.com. June 4, 2010. http://oregon.scout.com/a.z?s=128&p=2&c=974781&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2foregon.scout.com%2f2%2f974781.html.
- ↑ "Countess Gaining lots of Attention". Fighting Gators.com. May 17, 2010. http://oregon.scout.com/a.z?s=128&p=2&c=970683&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2foregon.scout.com%2f2%2f970683.html.
- ↑ "Army All-American Bowl breakdown". ESPN.com. December 9, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=5899516.
- ↑ Matt Bracken (December 19, 2010). "COUNTESS HEADED TO MICHIGAN: ARKANSAS, GEORGIA TECH, MARYLAND, N.C. STATE LOSE GOOD COUNSEL CORNERBACK". The Sun, Baltimore, Md.. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/baltsun/access/2223063651.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Dec+19%2C+2010&author=Matt+Bracken&pub=The+Sun&desc=COUNTESS+HEADED+TO+MICHIGAN.
- ↑ "Countess Unshakably Blue". GoBlueWolverine.com. December 17, 2010. http://tennessee.scout.com/a.z?s=7&p=2&c=1032075&ssf=1&RequestedURL=http%3a%2f%2ftennessee.scout.com%2f2%2f1032075.html.
- ↑ "US Army All-American Bowl Blake Countess". YouTube. January 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J55WPIspNdc.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Jamie Newberg (January 25, 2011). "Buckeyes lead Big Ten again". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=6056789.
- ↑ Nick Baumgardner (September 24, 2011). "With Troy Woolfolk on the sidelines, freshman Blake Countess shines in Michigan win". AnnArbor.com. http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/with-troy-woolfolk-on-the-sidelines-freshman-cb-blake-countess-shines-in-michigan-win/.
- ↑ Angelique S. Chengelis (September 24, 2011). "Freshman Blake Countess impressive in Michigan's secondary". The Detroit News. http://detnews.com/article/20110924/SPORTS0201/109240404/1131/sports0201/Freshman-Blake-Countess-impressive-in-Michigan%E2%80%99s-secondary.
- ↑ Kevin Raftery (September 24, 2011). "Notebook: SDSU gives 'tribute' to departed coaches, freshman Countess steps up for injured Woolfolk". The Michigan Daily. http://www.michigandaily.com/sports/notebook-sdsu-gives-tribute-departed-coaches-freshman-countess-steps-injured-woolfolk.
- ↑ Matt Bracken (October 3, 2011). "The Next Level: Countess steps up for Michigan". The Baltimore Sun. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/recruiting/2011/10/the_next_level_countess_steps_up_for_michigan.html. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
- ↑ "Early impact: These freshmen were at the head of their class". Sporting News. 2011-12-13. http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2011-12-13/sporting-news-freshmen-all-americans-sammy-watkins-marqise-lee. Retrieved 2012-12-03.
- ↑ Rittenberg, Adam and Brian Bennett (2011-12-13). "ESPN.com's Big Ten All-Freshman team". ESPN. http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/41139/espn-coms-big-ten-all-freshman-team-2. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- ↑ Dienhart, Tom (2011-12-12). "BTN.com’s 2011 Big Ten All-Freshman Team". Big Ten Network. http://btn.com/2011/12/12/btn-coms-2011-big-ten-all-freshman-team/. Retrieved 2012-01-05.
- ↑ Cirminiello, Richard (2011-12-09). "2011 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team". College Football News. Scout.com. http://cfn.scout.com/2/1137274.html. Retrieved 2012-01-05.