JUCO LB to Walk–On at K-State?

Finishing up the season rated as the number three program in the country, Coffeyville CC is renowned for putting out top Division I football talent and this year is no different. Coffeyville, to date has eleven players this year who will sign letters of intent with Division I schools. For Beau Blackwell however, his decision to possibly walk-on to Kansas State without a full ride hangs in the balance.

"Right now I really do not have much time and I am trying to figure out if I want to walk-on at K-State. I do not have a whole lot of time either, I need to make my mind up here pretty quick and will probably decide in the next week or so" said Blackwell.

A starter for the Ravens at linebacker, Beau was injured earlier in the year against Dodge City and lacerated his liver. A freak accident, Blackwell who was being recruited strongly by numerous programs around the country, including K-State says the injury has really clouded his recruitment.

"Before I got hurt I was being recruited pretty hard and then once I got hurt everything just seemed to stop and everyone backed off of me. It is the weirdest thing too, who ever hurts their liver and gets a concussion on the same play? The injury has really hurt me because I was looking at a couple of offers and strong interest."

Originally from Salina Kansas, Beau has been invited to walk-on for the Cats by Defensive ends and Recruiting Coordinator Coach Bob Clements.

"Coach Clements has told me that I can come down and walk-on and if I can break into the two deep I can earn a scholarship there and I am really thinking hard about that. That is a tough decision for me to make as I either have to make this decision to walk-on or I have to possibly look at coming back for another semester and work and picking up a scholarship and time is not on my side right now. I have until the 12th basically and I have to really sit down and make a decision."

At a little under 6-feet tall, Blackwell does not have the prototypical size that many college coaches like to see at the linebacker position, but his defensive Coach, Sean Cherico says Beau plays hard and has a nose for the ball.

"Beau has been a fantastic player for us. You talk about a kid that is tough as nails it is Beau. This guy had a freak injury in the 7th game of the year for us and came back to find a way to get back on the field for us in our bowl game. He has the speed to play and we have him clocked at 4.58 in the forty. Beau is a very good player and just flows to the ball so well," said Coach Cherico.

Blackwell who recently got over mononucleosis, plays at roughly 215 pounds and battled his way to the starting middle linebacker position for the Ravens before the accident took him out of commission. From Salina, Beau says he has liked K-State for a long time and is very seriously considering walking on for the Cats. Although he holds a couple offers from Division II schools, Blackwell says he has a tough decision ahead.

"I could have played for Division II schools coming out of High School but that is not really where I want to play. I am going to make my decision here pretty quick and I think I can play at K-State. They have a history and a lot of players who have earned scholarships and I think if I had not been hurt that I would have gone there. Donny (Dontrell Moore) and I talked about going together."

Whatever decision Beau makes, this is one recruit who already has a fan in his corner already rooting him on.

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