A prospect who visited Auburn for the Tigers' annual spring football game, Blackson spent two days checking out the scene and returned to Delaware very high on the Tigers.
"You could say he was smitten by the southern hospitality at Auburn," Coach Thomas tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is definitely interested in Auburn. He told his teammates how much he likes Auburn and how he enjoyed meeting the student body and other people there. He said he experienced Southern hospitality at its best."
Thomas says that Auburn's coaches offered the big defensive lineman a scholarship after watching video of his junior season. The coach points out that the Auburn coaches love how physical the lineman is on a football field playing with a "violent" streak. Blackson was offered a scholarship on his visit to the AU campus earlier this month.
The coach notes that Blackson is up to "seven or eight scholarship offers" and the number is growing as the word gets out about the defensive lineman's combination of size and athletic ability.
"He weighed in today at 294 and he is six-foot-five," Thomas says. "Missouri, Maryland, Pitt and North Carolina State have offered him. USC called and said they are going to come by to check him out. I?believe Tennessee is getting ready to offer him, too."
Blackson, who is also a standout power forward in basketball who averaged better than 20 points per game as a junior, has been gaining weight since basketball season finished. "When coaches come by to see him I ask them to guess how big he is," Thomas says. "Most of them say 250 to 260 pounds.
"I believe he will keep getting bigger and will play for us at around 305 this season," the coach notes. "I think he will play at 320 in college and still have his quickness. I coached 18 seasons in college at the Division I-AA level and I know Angelo is what colleges are looking for.
"He runs so well and has a lot of agility, too," Thomas says. "Believe it or not, at times we play him at safety in seven-on-seven competitions or linebacker and he does well at that. It is unique to have a guy who is 6-5, 290 who can do that."
Blackson, who is interested in studying building science in college, met with Auburn officials about that on his unofficial visit to the campus. The big linemen noted that he liked the academic program as well as the football coaches and the football program in general.
Thomas says that Auburn has a good chance to sign the big lineman and says whoever does that will be getting a player who is serious about football and academics. "He grew up in a tough area and is raised by his sister Delilah, who is a wonderful influence on him," Coach Thomas says. "He is a strong Christian kid who wants to change his situation in life."