Oklahoma State tight end prospect Blake Jarwin is preparing for the NFL Draft, but he will never forget his time in Stillwater – or the Bedlam rivalry with Oklahoma.
“That’s the most energy I’ve been around,” Jarwin said on CBS Sports Radio’s After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “(Playing) Colorado (in) the Alamo Bowl was very close, but I think that playing OU this past year, both teams had a lot of energy. They played a great game and ended up coming on top, but it doesn’t mean we don’t shy away from next year. I’m excited to see what the guys do. Hopefully I can kind of be around at that time of the year and maybe just poke around some of the players’ ears and see what they’re thinking and stuff like that, just to kind of see if I can get that energy from them – because it’s an incredible feeling. I can’t wait to watch it.”
Jarwin, an Oklahoma City native, walked on at OK State. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a junior and a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior.
He hopes to parlay his collegiate success into an NFL career.
“It’s definitely been a learning experience,” Jarwin said of the draft process. “Being disciplined and practicing and working out every day and using my work ethic to help me hopefully get drafted here in a few days – it’s been more than just football; it’s been really starting a career path, something that’s gong to mean something in the long run rather than just playing the game. So it’s taught me a lot. I’m excited. Hopefully I get to play the game for many more years, but if not, at least I have these tools I’ve built throughout the past few months to really propel me in my career going forward.”
Jarwin looks up to several NFL tight ends, including Travis Kelce.
“I think Travis Kelce does a great job with the Chiefs,” he said. “That guy’s younger and just does a great job of getting open and making plays on his feet and catching the ball.”
Jarwin is also a big fan of Jason Witten and Brent Celek.
“Those guys have stayed at it for 10, 14 years, whatever it is,” Jarwin said. “They just do such a great job. They’re out there and they’ve been there for a long time for a reason. There’s a lot to learn from those guys and the wisdom they have is incredible. Hopefully one of these days I’ll have the opportunity to meet them and just kind of learn from them.”