Temple and new coach Geoff Collins get the first crack at retaining the services of Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood wide receiver Raheem Blackshear, but business picked up after a strong senior season.
While Temple got in early and picked up a June commitment from the 5-foot-11, 171-pound athlete, the transitioning Owls have stronger competition.
Rutgers issued a scholarship offer to Blacksheer last night, while Michigan State is in the mix. Blacksheer visits Michigan State Jan. 20 and Rutgers Jan. 27.
“I can't wait to see the three schools,” Blacksheer said. “[My visits] are important. I want to see a place where the coaches come together. I want to see how the school is going to be with my major [of business or engineering]. Do me and my family both agree with the direction of the program?”
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash offered Blacksheer as an athlete. Blacksheer prefers slot receiver, but said he is also open to running back.
“He told me he was impressed with my senior highlight tape and then he offered me,” Blacksheer said. “I was very excited. I like how they spread the ball out. I like that they're in a big position being in the Big Ten as an up and coming program. I like a lot of them.”
Receivers coach Jafar Williams, who played for Maryland and Philadelphia George Washington, is his primary recruiter.
“I'll have to do my research on Rutgers, but I like that the receivers coach is from Philly where I'm from,” he said. “I think he'd be a good coach for me because we both came from Philly and can connect.”
Michigan State did not offer Blacksheer, but locked him into an official visit in three weeks.
“I'm getting recruited by their wide receivers coach (Terrence Samuel) and their recruiting coaches,” Blacksheer said. “They're recruiting me very hard. They're telling me I would be a good fit for their offense. I have a chance to come in and compete as a freshman.”
Blacksheer said he remains committed to Temple going into his visit. Former Archbishop Wood teammate is a freshman quarterback for the Owls.
“I like that Temple is close to home, and I liked the coaches but obviously that changed,” Blacksheer said. “We'll see it on the visit. [Russo and I] are kind of close. He's been telling me this is a good spot for me but it's my decision at the end of the day.”