Blackman Makes Most of Prep Experience

<B>Chatham, VA--</b> NC State commitment Darrell Blackman finished his prep season at Hargrave as the teams leading rusher, and after posting an impressive 4.44 in the 40-yard dash at Hargrave's Media Combine, he sat down and discussed his future with StateFans.

"[Laughing] Yea, that run hurt," Darrell Blackman said. "I think I pulled my hamstring in the final few steps so I slowed down a bit, but I still did pretty good I guess."

The combine is a mere formality for Blackman, who is fully committed to NC State. The Pennsylvania prepster is now concentrating on his academics so he can make his way to Raleigh next year.

"I'm making straight A's and B's right now and that's boosting my GPA so I should be fine with grades," he said. "I just took the ACT and we should get our scores back before Christmas break, but I'll be good to go in the spring. I just need to finish up here and I can go down to NC State."

Darrell's ex-teammate, Raymond Brooks, recently announced that he would be returning to NC State in the spring.

"Yea, I talked with him too and he should be there when I take my official visit. He sounded happy about going back and I'm glad for him."

"I'll be going for my visit either January 9th or the 16th. I'm not sure of the date yet, but I'll be taking it so I can come down and get out of here for a weekend [laughing]."

At the media combine, rumors were swirling about committed players looking at other programs and Darrell gave his feelings on why he believes recruits often change their minds.

"I don't know really, but it happens. I think some of them are just shaky with their decision and were probably kind of forced into their commitment or pressured somehow.

"I've been trying to get Terry [Hunter], Khalief [Mitchell], and [Brandon] Setzer to come down to NC State with me, and I know they are listening. I know those two are looking at Georgia and Setzer likes Virginia Tech too."

So what will he add to the Wolfpack when he enrolls next year?

"My vision and leg drive are my strengths. I'm patient and can see the holes well and that's where my vision comes in. I am also strong in my legs and that helps me get those extra tough yards. I'm just looking to go in there and help the team out."

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