Blackman has strong interest in Trojans

Carson (Calif.) quarterback Dominique Blackman (6-4.5, 225) attended USC's Junior Day on Sunday and though he left without an offer, he received some clarity from the USC coaching staff.

"It was cool there at Junior Day," said Blackman. "They gave me a pretty good idea of what's going on. I'm hoping by mid-May or early June I'll get that offer from them."

Blackman said the USC staff wouldn't indicate when, or for that matter, if he'd be getting an offer but he said they made it clear that he was in their recruiting plans.

"They want me to be at everything this spring, their practice, their scrimmages and their camps and I plan to be there for it all," said Blackman.

With several elite quarterbacks on the roster already in Troy, Blackman said that if the opportunity presented himself to join the Trojans, he'd opt for USC quickly.

"I guarantee you, if they offered me, I'd take it right then and there," said Blackman. "I'm not going to run from anything. If they have a lot of quarterbacks, I'll just compete with them."

Blackman spent most of his time on Sunday with Ken Norton and Steve Sarkisian.

"I've been to about six practices this year and sat in on some meetings, but I got to really sit with those guys and talk this week," said Blackman. "I also got to talk with Pete Carroll and that's the main guy for me."

While he waits for the offer from USC, Blackman said he's sitting on three written offers, from Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oregon, and has nine verbal offers.

"Unless its USC that offers me, which I'd take early, I'm going to take my time and go through the whole process," said Blackman.

Later this month, Blackman will be at the Scout.com Combine at the Home Depot Center in his hometown of Carson.

Blackman finished his 2006 junior campaign completing 123-of-215 pass attempts for 1,673 yards and 14 touchdowns.


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