Texas OG Gets Offer From 'Cats

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Blake Blackmar of Clear Lake High School in Houston is an offensive lineman high on the Kansas State recruiting board. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound tackle received his second offer when he was at the Wildcats Junior Day event. Blackmar spoke with KStateFans.com on why he's so high on what he saw while he was in Manhattan.

"I really liked it a lot," said Blackmar. "First off, the fan support there is unreal. I walked into a sporting goods store and the guy checking me out at the register already knew who I was. They place a lot of emphasis on having a family atmospheric. It's very structured to be a great environment and it was.

"They offered me and said they liked the way I played. They told me I was a grind-it-out type of player with a great motor. I played half my games at center as a junior and I was offered by Baylor at center, but Coach Dickey said he liked me at tackle. He said they have two tackles who are going to be seniors this coming season and I'd have a great opportunity to come in and start as a freshman."

After Baylor and K-State offered, Texas Tech was soon to follow with one of their own. Blackmar is also receiving strong interest from Georgia, Oklahoma State and TCU.

"I like all three of the schools that have offered me," he said. "I'm in no big rush to commit but I'd have to say Baylor and Kansas State are my top two with Tech right behind. I'm going to wait and see what happens this spring and maybe be ready to decide this summer. The program I commit to I'd like to be one that's winning. Academics are also very important to me. I'm going to look at the program's overall player development, like how well they take care of you and help you improve as a Division 1 player."

Although Clear Lake only finished 3-7 in 2012, Blackmar was a unanimous choice for first team all-District in Texas 24/5A. It was his second year as a starter in an offense that chanced to the spread from the triple option.

"My goal as a sophomore was not to mess up," Blackmar explained. "This year I wanted to head-hunt, make pancakes, and completely dominate the whole game. I only gave up one sack the whole year, so I came as close to perfection as I could get. The main thing I improved upon was my versatility in moving over to center. I worked hard in practice with reps with my quarterback and the head coach getting the snap down. Then I went out and had a great game. It was fun."

With Clear Lake losing all of their defensive lineman from a year ago, Blackmar will get some time in this year at the nose tackle position, so coaches may take notice of his talents there as well. The the winter he played varsity basketball and is competing in track this spring.

Last year he qualified for regionals in shot put and discuss, narrowly missing the state meet due to a scratch.

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