On Film: JaQuan Blackwell's speed, route running and pass-catching techniques give him a clear advantage over his high school competition. The majority of his eight touchdown receptions are virtually uncontested because of the separation he was able to create. He does show some flashes of being able to haul in passes with the type of coverage he will be facing at the college level.
Blackwell has several receptions that come just short of the end zone, which made him just shy of the double digit touchdown mark.
The receiver’s film also highlights his blocking ability. The receiving and blocking abilities, combined with his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, project him as a solid possession receiver in the Mountain West. San Jose State Offensive Coordinator Al Borges likes to run an offense that runs several concepts and Blackwell looks like a receiver who can adapt to different schemes.
Whether he is going deep, trying to catch a pass at the first-down marker or serving as a blocking receiver for screen passes, SJSU will be able to switch things up without making personnel changes with Blackwell on the field. One skill Blackwell may lack is breakaway speed at the Mountain West level, however.
Recruiting Impact: We previously highlighted fellow SJSU wide receiver commit Adarrus Wilson for being such a highly ranked three-star recruit, but Blackwell is only shortly behind him.
There were 58 wide receivers who earned five or four stars in 2016. Another 165 receivers earned three-stars. Blackwell and Wilson both rank in the top 30 percent of three-star recruits by Scout’s individual rankings. Nevada was the only non Power-5 school to grab a receiver ranked higher than Blackwell from the West region.
Much of Blackwell’s rankings came off of an impressive offseason circuit prior to his senior season. He had committed to SJSU in the spring and played in an offense that was not huge on passing, or else more Power-5 schools might have entered the picture. He finished with 36 receptions for 611 yards and 8 touchdowns as a senior.
His primary recruiter was Donte Williams, who has since moved on to Arizona, but the Spartans were able to hang on to him even, even now with a change at the receivers coach position.
Quotable: “I have a big body and I’m a strong receiver,” Blackwell said. “I have good hands, decent speed, good route running and I will go up for the ball.”
Coach's Comment: "JaQuan has size, athletic ability, body control and great hands. He will be a good addition to our wide receiver positions." - SJSU Head Coach Ron Caragher
Expert Opinion: “He’s a pure pass catcher, a smooth route runner and projects as a solid possession type receiver in college.” - Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins
Final Thought: Not all three-star recruits are equal, and based on Scout’s rankings, both Blackwell and Wilson are two of the elite mid-major level receiver recruits out there in the 2016 class. San Jose State did as good of a job as you can ask in working with two available receiver scholarships.
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