2017 Westminster, PA athlete Raheem Blackshear committed to Michigan State on Sunday morning, marking the 21st commitment in the Spartans’ class of 2017. Raheem informed Spartan Nation first and commented on his commitment shortly after he spoke with the staff.
“It feels great. It is a true blessing,” Raheem told us right after giving his commitment to Coach Dantonio. Raheem had been committed to Temple University since July, 2016. However, he received and offer from Michigan State on January 6th and he knew that was a big deal.
During his official visit, Raheem made the decision to flip his commitment to Michigan State. “It is a great opportunity to play in the Big Ten. The program they have and facilities helped me make my decision [to flip],” said Raheem. “I committed to Coach Dantonio. The staff was very excited that I chose to join the team.”
Raheem is known for many facets of his game - including hitting, route running, and agility - but there is one aspect of his game that separates him from the rest. Raheem’s nickname is “Speedy”, and for a good reason. Raheem runs a 4.37 forty yard dash, which helped him in rushing for 409 yards (7.4 average) and 10 touchdowns as well as 395 yards of receiving (16.5 average) and seven touchdowns in his senior season. “I will bring speed. I’m going to come in and perform like the slot receiver they had, number 12, RJ Shelton.”
The 5’10 175 pound athlete has an idea of what he wishes to accomplish as a Michigan State Spartan. “I aim to be an All-American, win multiple Big 10 champions. Ultimately my goal is to win a national championship,” Raheem explained.
Raheem originally planned to take an official visit to Rutgers on January 27th, but after committing to the Spartans, he is unsure if that visit will happen.
Scout rates Raheem Blackshear a three-star running back. He was offered as a slot receiver by the staff at Michigan State. Make sure to keep up with Spartan Nation as National Signing Day comes soon.