Iowa State Offers California Quarterback

Quarterback Dominique Blackman originally was set to attend the University of Washington last spring but after a coaching change he decided to go in a different direction.

"I was supposed to go to Washington last spring but after I met with Coach Sarkisian up there he told me that they wanted to switch me to tight end because of my size and athleticism," said Blackman. "So I decided to come back home and my current plan is to play one year at Harbor College (in Wilmington, CA) but that could change if a good offer came where I could enroll in the fall. The problem is that most schools don't have any scholarships left at the moment."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound quarterback, who was a star at Carson (CA) High School his senior year throwing for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns, says that he currently has three scholarship offers and that one really stands out. "I have offers from Akron, North Dakota State, and on Saturday I got an offer from Iowa State. Tennessee also has told me that they might be offering me in the next few weeks," he said. "I'm really excited about the Iowa State offer and I pretty much call them my leader but the offer right now is for the spring because they don't currently have a scholarship. They said something might open up and if it does I'd probably end up a Cyclone."

An old recruiting connection is what led the Cyclones to show interest in Blackman. "Coach Ash recruited me and offered me when he was at San Diego State and he just always came off well whenever I was talking to him," he said. "So Iowa State sent out their offensive coordinator (Coach Herman) to watch me throw on Friday and even though I didn't feel I threw my best I must have impressed him because he called on Saturday to tell me that they were offering me a scholarship for the spring. If I choose to go that route I will play this one season at Harbor and then have three years at Iowa State."

Dominique new all about Iowa State's new offensive coordinator Tom Herman and the Cyclone coach clearly came away impressed. "He didn't even have to tell me about what he did at Rice because I did my homework," said Blackman. "I asked him questions and told him I was impressed that his quarterback last year had thrown for 44 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. I just wanted to let him know that I was doing my homework on Iowa State and he seemed pretty amazed."

Dominique is interested in taking a visit to Iowa State but is not sure if that will happen in the next few months. "I'm going to be talking with the coaches in the next few days and we might set up a visit," he said. "It's just huge that they stepped up and offered because that's all I'm asking for is chance to go play in a conference like the Big 12. Right now I'm just going to wait the next few months and maybe take some visits and just make sure everything goes right this time."

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