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Union County HS
Team captain as junior and senior... Named first team AAA ll-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association and Atlanta Journal-Constitution and All-Region selection as TE... Earned four varsity letters... Helped school to 6-4 mark as senior, catching 72 passes for 1,237 yards and 14 TDs... As running back, he ran for more than 1,200 yards and scored 21 touchdowns... Posted highest totals - 77 receptions for 1,423 yards - as junior... As linebacker, added 76 tackles and an INT as senior... Concluded prep career with 225 catches... Starts as forward on varsity basketball squad... As combo pitcher/shortstop, regarded among region's top baseball players... Threw no-hitter as junior.
Son of Mike and Gail Gowder... Born July 17, 1991 in Blairsville... Youngest of three siblings: brother, Brad; sister, Kayla... Dad is chief operating officer of Union General Hospital; mom is administrator for Union County Dialysis... Six immediate family members are health care professionals... Enjoys trout fishing.
HEAD COACH BRIAN ALLISON
"Blake is an outstanding football player and an excellent person, and will be a tremendous asset for Coach Johnson's program and Vanderbilt University.
"Blake is one of the best football players to ever come out of this school, no question. He's a hybrid-type with excellent hands and speed. He's got some toughness too.
"Being a three-sport player didn't allow Blake as much time with weights as he'll get at Vanderbilt, so he's
definitely going to get bigger."