Pa. Standout Plans to Visit UM

Williamsport, Pa. is generally known for its rich baseball tradition, as it's been the home of the Little League World Series for years. However, the baseball fans won't be the only ones flocking to the area this season as this standout prospect is attracting national recruiting attention.

At 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, Blackman ran wild as a junior last season. He finished the year with 2,547 yards and 32 touchdowns on offense, and also had six interceptions as a cornerback on defense.

Blackman, who said he was recently timed a 4.42 over 40 yards, also competes in basketball where he's the team's starting point guard. Inside the classroom, he carries an 83-percent average (around a 2.7 GPA) and is still waiting on his test scores.

"I have about 10 scholarship offers right now," Blackman told me. "Maryland has sent one, Boston College, Pitt, Michigan State, Iowa, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and Vanderbilt. And I think Miami is getting real close."

Blackman talked more about the Hurricanes.

"They called me in May and they've been keeping in contact this summer," he said. "They said they liked me on tape and asked if I was interested in checking out their school on a visit. Miami's definitely one of the places I'm interested in visiting. I'm hoping they come through with an offer."

The standout running back is also being recruited as a cornerback by some programs, and that might include Miami.

"Most schools want me as a running back," he said. "Some like me on defense. Miami said they like me at both. I could play cornerback, but I prefer to be a running back."

Blackman named off some of his early favorites. "I'd say Michigan State, Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Miami are my top five," he said. "Those are the ones I plan on visiting. I also like Virginia Tech and West Virginia too."

The talented runner said his biggest goal is helping his team win this season. "I just want to win," he said. "That's what it's all about to me – winning."

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