Blackport Learns from MSU Visit

Hudsonville QB prospect and other recruits got some valuable advice, and a fair warning, from an intense Spartan coach on a recent Junior Day visit. Read on to find out what Ken Mannie had to say to the young men and where Blackport stands in the recruiting game.

Casey Blackport (Hudsonville HS) visited Michigan State recently and got an earful from perhaps the most colorful of Green and White coaches — Ken Mannie.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback prospect, along with many other Junior Day attendees, witnessed the intensity of Michigan State's strength and conditioning coach firsthand.

"He gave us a lecture, saying that when we step on campus as freshman, we will not be mama's little boy anymore and it's going to be 365 days of working hard," Blackport said. "He's real intense."

Blackport said he enjoyed his visit — and Mannie's educational interlude — then noted the Spartan football facilities as a major positive.

"I liked them a lot," he said. "I like how they're adding on to the weight room."

Blackport has been pursued by Michigan State for some time now, happily visiting numerous games last season as both a recruit and a fan. "My walls are green and white," he said.

Blackport hears from nearly every Big Ten school and a few east coast teams such as Virginia and Connecticut as well.

Schools see his potential as a classic drop-back quarterback able to fire the pigskin all over the field. Although his Hudsonville team features primarily the run game (he says he normally throws the ball about 10 times a game), Blackport is confident summer camps will give him the opportunity to showcase his skills.

"I think I have a strong arm and can zip it in there," he says, adding he can throw the ball over 50 yards.

Although Michigan State recently secured a verbal commitment from quarterback Andrew Maxwell (Midland HS), Blackport says he still sees the Spartans as a possible destination.

"I'm still considering Michigan State," he said. "From what I've heard, they're going to take another quarterback in my class."

And like running back Larry Caper (Battle Creek Central HS), a four-star verbal who recently committed to Michigan State despite five-star RB Edwin Baker's (Oak Park HS) prior verbal to the Green and White, Blackport says competition doesn't faze him.

"I just think no matter where I go there's going to be competition at the quarterback spot," he said.

Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Blackport and other talented 2009 prospects.

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