College camps can bring surprises as coaches get to work with prospects first-hand. Sometimes coaches will find a player that few are aware of and that’s exactly what happened when Selma, Ala. defensive lineman Dexter Blackmon attended LSU's camp this week.
Blackmon worked extensively with Brick Haley and the Tigers’ defensive line coach found his diamond in the rough.
“Coach Haley put me through a lot of different drills and I did real well in the 1-on-1’s,” said Blackmon. “I went against a lot of good offensive linemen and before we left to go home [after camp concluded] coach Miles said that he wanted to extend a scholarship offer.”
Blackmon said that he and his father discussed his options which currently included an offer from Troy and interest from several other schools including South Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Alabama.
Blackmon said he felt that other schools would end up offering once they saw him during his senior season but the LSU offer was something he felt was too good to sit on.
“I decided what I wanted to do and I called coach Miles on Thursday,” said Blackmon. “He didn’t answer so I left him a message telling him I wanted to commit. After a little while I called coach [Ron] Cooper [secondary coach] and he said that he spoke to coach Miles and he was glad to have me on board.”
At 6-foot-2½, 264 pounds, Blackmon has the versatility to play inside or on the edge and that is something that Miles and Haley commented on.
“I could see myself getting bigger and playing tackle or I could stay where I am and use my speed off the end,” said Blackmon, who claims 4.8 speed in the 40-yard dash. “It doesn’t matter to me where I play because LSU can get me to the NFL at either spot.”
With this part of the recruiting process behind him, Blackmon said that he still plans on taking official visits in the fall. However, he does feel good about the decision he’s made.
“I’m going to take some officials just to see what else is out there but I feel good about my decision,” he said. “I feel good about LSU and I’m excited with the choice I’ve made.”
Blackmon claims a 2.5 core grade point average but he was unsure of his stats from his junior campaign.
He is the 20th commitment for LSU's 2010 class that is currently ranked No. 5 in the country in the Scout.com Team Rankings.