Jahee Blake, out of Heritage High School in Lynchburg, was the first commit of the 2021 cycle for the Old Dominion Monarchs. Blake committed under Bobby Wilder’s staff in November of last season.

Blake is one of a handful of 2021 recruits that Monarch fans should be excited for. He brings something special to the wide receiver room at ODU, and should be a favorite of quarterbacks and fans over the next four years.


Recruiting Royalty

The 2021 class is shaping up to be one of, if not, the best in Old Dominion history. The 2020 class, boosted by the hire of former Penn State offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne as the new Monarchs’ head coach, was the best in program history. The gems of the class include cornerback LaMareon James, linebacker Malcolm Britt, and offensive lineman Santana Saunders. These are players that Monarch fans need to be, and to be fair are, excited about.

Not only will games be fun to watch, but practices will as well with James lining up across from Blake. The old phrase “iron sharpens iron” really comes into effect here. The only way to get better is to practice. The best way to practice is to practice against someone on or above your level.

247Sports’ Composite has ODU’s 2021 recruiting class as the seventh-best in Conference USA with a composite score at just about last season’s .8134 program record. The list, however, is missing key commitments from Skyler Grant, and others who have recently committed. That number should also jump when the next wave of prospective Monarchs. That could include Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) offensive lineman Stephon Dubose, and Boston College flip Jalen McCain. Both will make their decisions in the coming days and weeks.

The 2021 Monarchs’ class is shaping up to be a good one, and there are only a few spots left on it. It’s hard to remember a time in ODU program history that there were this many commits this early. Coach Rahne really has done a great job.