Dominique Blackman is going to be one of those names that you are going to hear a lot of over the next year. The standout quarterback from Carson (Calif.) has been trying to improve himself since the U.S. Army Combine earlier this year.
"I've really been training hard since San Antonio," Blackmon said. "That really gave me a spark, that fire that you need."
"Working out was fun, because I have fun competing. I had a lot of fun showing scouts, recruits, players and everyone what I can do."
"I went out there with raw talent. I went out there and did what I had to do to impress people. I knew that if I could do that I was going to make myself ten-times better."
Blackman is already working on getting better and he knows what he needs to work on. He wants to get intricate in his development as a quarterback, paying attention to specific details.
"Understanding the alignments of the defenses. I want to watch their film and understand what it means when a guy opens his hips, understanding the personnel, my receivers and developing timing."
"I feel like at this point, I still don't understand defenses and spots on the field because I haven't been working with a quarterback coach. I want to understand the numbers game of football."
Last year was Blackman's first year at Carson. The impact that he, and the new coaching staff, was immediate. They turned a program with a less than .500 season last year into a playoff team the next.
"I had 1,600 yard passing with 14 touchdowns, six interceptions and eight rushing touchdowns. We had a good season. We went 9-4 and lost in the semi-finals."
"I didn't go to Carson the year before and they went 3-8. We turned the whole program around. The head coach is a wonderful guy and I love working with him. We just all came together."
Understandably so, Blackman has really seen an increase in the attention that he has been receiving. Recently, he just returned home from an exclusive junior day at USC.
"USC has been coming after me hard. I just went to the their junior day. UCLA has been coming after me very hard. So has Kansas State."
The junior day at USC was quite the experience for Blackman. "Junior Day was great. They only invited 36 people and only two quarterbacks, me and Dayne Crist. It was a great experience."
Blackman is already holding double-digit offers, however he hasn't started to name favorites or trim the list. He does know one of the things that he is looking for in a school.
"I think that I am up to 14 offers or so. There isn't any specific list of leaders or numbers. I would say that I would like to stay a little closer to home."
At 6-foot-4.75 and 237-pounds, Blackman still has 5.22E/40 speed. As a player, you have to like the way that he delivers the ball and his instincts on a football field.
"I feel like my arm strength and timing are my strengths. I also have very good instincts. I feel like I know where my receivers are supposed to be so I set the field up."
Watch Junior video highlights of Dominique Blackman