4-star Blackmon Selects Oregon

Though there may have been a bit of suspense in the days leading up to Fontana (CA) Summit four-star wide receiver Devon Blackmon's verbal commitment on national television, in the end, the electrifying athlete from So Cal selected the school that was the heavy favorite throughout the recruiting process.

It came down to Oregon, USC, and UCLA, but when it was all said and done, Fontana (CA) Summit four-star wide receiver Devon Blackmon stuck with the school who was rumored to be the leader in the clubhouse heading in to the UnderArmour All-American game in St. Petersburg, Florida on Wednesday evening.

"It has to be OU, baby," said Blackmon as he verbally committed to the University of Oregon on national television.

Despite the minor gaffe referencing his future school, Blackmon was noticeably excited as he announced his intentions to be a Duck; as members of Blackmon's family also shared in the moment by donning Duck whistles during his interview with ESPN's Lowell Galindo. Blackmon cited the tremendous relationship he fostered with members of the team and the coaching staff throughout the recruiting process as a key component in his verbal commitment to Oregon.

"When I went there for my (official) trip, it felt like a family," stated Blackmon. "I knew (Oregon wide receivers coach) Scott Frost would take care of me."

Blackmon joins four-star wide receiver Tacoi Sumler from Miami (FL) Christopher Columbus and JUCO transfer Rahsaan Vaughn as current verbal commitments to the Ducks at the wide receiver position; adding tremendous speed and athleticism to a roster already chalk full of remarkable athletes.

"(Sumler and Blackmon) both have similar skill sets," said ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill. "They have great speed and the ability to change a game, offensively."

With the latest commitment from Blackmon, the Ducks have continued their assault up the recruiting rankings this winter, with plenty more high-level prospects still in play. According to Luginbill, Oregon's footprint across the national recruiting landscape has much to do with the tremendous run of success and exposure the program has enjoyed the past few seasons.

"(Oregon's recruiting success) is a product of the success they've had each of the last three to five years, starting with (former head football coach) Mike Bellotti," remarked Luginbill. "They've become so national, they have such a presence...everything resonates. Whether it's a uniform change, the offense, the fact they're playing in the BCS National Title game, it's resonating with the prospects."

Blackmon caught a long touchdown pass from UCLA verbal commit Brett Hundley in the second quarter of the game, before dropping a sure scoring reception only a few series later.

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