Texas OL Has Options

2014 Clear Lake offensive lineman Blake Blackmar talks about his spring and what he's looking for in a college selection.

Blake Blackmar was up in Austin for the Texas State High School Track Meet, and swung by to meet with the Longhorn coaches.

"It was all right," Blackmar said. "I've been to Texas a few times, and they've really been talking to me since I was a freshman.

"They had kind of backed off me in recruiting in the last year, but when I met with Coach [Stacy] Searels, he told me they were definitely interested and how they wanted me to come out to their one-day camp and all that stuff. It was about what I expected."

Blackmar (6-6 285) said he hasn't decided which summer camps he'll attend, and noted that he plans to sit down with his dad and figure out a schedule after spring practice ends. He already has offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Missouri, Washington State, Rice and Central Florida.

"I really like Baylor and Tech," Blackmar said. "And I like Kansas State and Missouri, but they're a little far away. I haven't had as much time and exposure to those schools that I've had to the closer schools like Tech or bailer. I'm not opposed to looking out of state."

Nebraska is another program talking consistently with Blackmar, and could step to the plate with an offer. And Blackmar said the in-state Baylor Bears are talking with him about coming to Waco for their summer camp.

So what is Blackmar looking for in his school of choice?

"As far as academics, I'm looking for a stronger academic school with a good education," Blackmar said. "From the athletic side of things, I want to go somewhere where I'll be able to win.

"Winning is something really important to me," Blackmar said.

Blackmar also said he's looking for the opportunity to play early, while fully recognizing that "I have to earn that right." He said a school that will develop him to his full potential, a great weight program and "some crazy fans" would also put schools under consideration.

Blackmar said winning was a key ingredient largely because Clear Lake hasn't been able to turn the corner. He's played all three positions on the offensive line, playing guard as a freshmen as Clear Lake when 4-6 while running a triple option offense. His sophomore year, Clear Lake went to the spread, going 0-10 in the process. And last year, with Blackmar playing six games at tackle and four games at center, the Falcons went 3-7.

But Blackmar — who will play this entire season at center — is optimistic that the Clear Lake should find itself on the winning track more often this fall after a nice spring.

"It's going pretty smoothly," Blackmar said. "This is probably the best spring that I've had. It's the best spring the team's had in my years here. Everything is clicking and going well."

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