But after an injury to another tight end, Blakley was a late addition to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and he's thrived this week.
"It's been awesome," said Blakley. "Just getting a great opportunity to come down here and compete with these guys. It's basically going to be like college so I love being out here."
Blakley said he's proud to represent Idaho in the Semper Fi Bowl.
"I think people need to respect Idaho a little more," said Blakley. "We have ballers too. They don't show much interest in Idaho, but we have some good players there."
Blakley committed to Washington last spring and even with the coaching change there, he's not wavered.
"I'm 100 committed to Washington," said Blakley. "I'm not visiting Florida (who's offered) and I haven't really talked much lately with USC. I'm solid to Washington. I'm not really talking to anyone except for Washington right now."
Blakley said he'll be taking his visit sometime in January.
"I don't even really know yet what weekend it will be," said Blakley. "I was going to take it last month, but with everything changing with the coaches, they want me to do it this month."
Blakley said he's excited to play for new head coach Chris Petersen.
"Coach Petersen is a great coach and a really nice guy," said Blakley. "He does things really well and will do big things at Washington. They have a good replacement in him and that's going to be a good thing at Washington."