The frequent flyer miles racked up for Panorama City St. Genevieve (Calif.) athlete Jordan Blackman. Blackman pinned down 15 unofficial visits including Stanford, Cal, San Diego State, Oregon, Oregon State, UC-Davis, Princeton, Harvard, Penn and Sacramento State.
"This was probably the most eventful summer I've ever had," Blackman said.
Used as a wide receiver, running back, cornerback, safety and kick returner last year, Blackman has shown his versatility.
"Whenever I can get the ball in my hands at any position, it's amazing because it doesn't limit the way you can make plays. I'm a very team oriented person and I play position last year that I never imagined I would play."
The 5-foot-11 athlete participated in Stanford's Friday Night Lights camp last month. Between working with Coach Shaw and playing against some of the best defensive backs in the nation, this experience on campus will be a lasting one.
"Junior Day was probably the best experience I've ever had. Growing up, Stanford was always my dream school so to be able to experience that was so surreal," Blackman said.
Blackman said his recruitment has been a slow process, but he thinks a big senior year could help get him more attention. After his first game, where he had a touchdown and interception, Blackman got off to a good start. Part of his success over the years can be attributed to his trainer, former Stanford safety Eliel Swinton.
Currently, Stanford has talked to him about joining the program in a preferred walk-on role as a wide receiver. That opportunity entices Blackman.
"Most definitely because that's the place I want to be. I have no problem working for that spot. I feel that I can, and I understand how the recruiting business goes so there are no hard feelings in terms of wanting a scholarship," Blackman said. "I want to chance to prove myself. That's what I'm asking for ,and if I'm blessed with a scholarship, that's great."