El Camino High School sophomore Blake Amiatu has verbally committed to play Division 2 NCAA lacrosse at Colorado Mesa University. The 6’2 185 pounder will be bring his his hard dodging and big shot to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the fall of 2018. Amiatu took some time to talk with MaxLaxSD about his recruitment and his goals for his high school team.
MaxLaxSD: What attracted to you Colorado Mesa?
Blake: What attracted me to CMU was the amazing coaching staff, Coach Smith has high expectations for the team and is there for the players. I look forward to playing under Coach Smith and Coach Cook. The class sizes at CMU are smaller giving a lower student to teacher ratio. Lastly is the small city feel and how beautiful it is there.
MaxLaxSD: You still have almost three years of high school lacrosse left. What are your individual goals between now and high school graduation? What are the team’s goals?
Blake: My individual goals from now to the end of my senior year is to continue to grow as a person and strengthen my relationships with family and friends. Another big goal of mine is to better my skills at lacrosse and continue to grow as a player on and off the field and hopefully I can inspire younger kids to play the game of lacrosse and love it as much as I do
Some goals that El Camino lacrosse strives for is to come together as a family and play for each other, we are all there to better ourselves and by doing that it will better the team. We hope to win the championship this year and we will put in whatever work that is necessary to do so.
MaxLaxSD: Who would you like thank?
I would like to thank my whole family, without them I wouldn’t be playing lacrosse. I have learned so much from them and no words can describe how grateful I am to have them in my life, they are my number one supporters and they mean the world to me.
Additionally, I would like to thank Coach Morgan for all he has done for me, Coach Morgan gave me the chance to play on the elite team for 395 Starz when I was in 7th grade. It was my 2nd year of lacrosse and that’s where I found my love for the game, he pushed me to get better every practice and every game. Without Coach Morgan I do not think I would be at this point and I have so much respect for him. Thank you Coach Paul for everything, you’re awesome! Playing for you is a lot of fun and I love going to practice to learn from you.
I would also like to thank Coach Donovan and Coach Tanner at El Camino. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to play varsity last year as a freshman and teaching me to become a better person and teammate. Playing for you guys is so much fun and thank you for finally giving me the green light to shoot how I want!
Coach Morgan told MaxLaxSD “Blake made an immediate impact for 395 Starz as a 7th grader and although he was initially raw, he had incredible athletic talent, very coachable, and was an extremely hard worker. I knew if he put the time on his own, he would develop into a special player. Seeing his progress the last few years has been extremely gratifying and the rise in competitiveness from the 395 Starz program has been the direct result of players like him trusting in my philosophies and putting in the work during the off-season. Blake will be joining another 395 player, 2017 Mid Chase Pymm who committed to Mesa this spring. Coach Smith at Colorado Mesa has been extremely helpful during this whole process and I know he will be getting a great player and person. I could not be happier for Blake and his family.”