Family Values: Gamez Leading By Example At Verrado

Blake Gamez didn’t have to look far for role models growing up. The Verrado offensive lineman learned from his father, as well as big brother Maverick, a former Viper standout who now plays for Arizona Christian University.

“He’s definitely given me a lot of pointers, a lot of tips,” the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Gamez said to of his older sibling. “Just knowing your schedule and how to balance time management. It’s your last year at Verrado. Just make it the best year you can have.”

Like Maverick, Blake excels not only on the field but in the classroom, as well. A team captain, he serves as the perfect foundation for first-year head coach Shawn Copeland.

“He’s trying to be the absolute best in the classroom,” Copeland proudly explained to “That’s one of the things that’s unique about him. He’s not only trying to be the best on the field, the classroom is also very important to him.”

Gamez’s off-season has been busy leading up to spring practice which is currently underway at the Buckeye campus. He’s been lifting both at school and on his own, as well as working on his speed and training with Coach Jeff Jenkins at Superior Edge Training.

His hard work has already produced a scholarship offer from Wisconsin River Falls, as well as interest from a number of other small schools around the country. Most project him to play guard, center or possibly tight end at the next level.  

For now, he’s going to enjoy his time with those most important to him until graduation next May.

“I hang out with my family as much as I can,” he said. “Every weekend we do family dinners.”

Look for Gamez to continue to feast on opposing defenders this fall.