David Blackwell Makes His Choice

David Blackwell, a QB/ATH from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida had his recruiting options cut down considerably days ago when he suffered a torn ACL. Two schools stuck with him through the injury, and Blackwell has made his decision. Find out where he's headed in this premium recruiting update.

David Blackwell, a 6-1.5, 208 pound QB/ATH from Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has made his commitment to play for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and Kirk Ferentz.

Just days ago, Blackwell fully tore his right ACL, which resulted in most programs immediately backing from recruiting Blackwell. The two major programs that remained with him were Iowa and LSU.

After a confusing weekend with several false alarms in terms of a commitment, David had a chance to sit down with his family and make his decision on Monday night.

The main factor that gave Iowa the final edge was the position he was asked to play. LSU was recruiting him as an athlete, possibly playing wide receiver, safety, or linebacker. Blackwell had his heart set on quarterback, where Iowa asked him to play.

Blackwell's combination of quick feet and accurate arm will be nothing new for the Hawkeyes, who most recently helped develop another dual-threat quarterback from the state of Florida, Brad Banks, into a Heisman runner-up.

Before Blackwell can set foot back on the field, however, he'll need to get through his rehab, which is scheduled to take about six months. Right now, there are no outward signs that he tore his ACL, other than an inability to move in a real athletic way.

"Most people can't see that I tore my ACL unless they had looked at my MRI," he said.

Prior to the injury, Blackwell held offers from Some top schools, such as Arkansas, Indiana, LSU, and Ole Miss.

This is the tenth known commitment for the 2008 class, with Blackwell joining Tony Cornelius and Jack Swanson as the third player from the sunshine state.

Check out the links below for junior highlights of Blackwell at Cardinal Gibbons High School

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