Busy Offseason for Victor Blackwell

Few high school football players have been as busy this offseason as Mater Dei's Victor Blackwell. The four-star wide receiver has participated in several local passing tournaments with his high school team, as well as traveling to Las Vegas and Alabama as part of Team 1925, an all-star team coached by former NFL stars Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly.

Few high school football players have been as busy this offseason as Mater Dei's Victor Blackwell.

The four-star wide receiver has participated in several local passing tournaments with his high school team, as well as traveling to Las Vegas and Alabama as part of Team 1925, an all-star team coached by former NFL stars Keyshawn Johnson and Brian Kelly.

With Johnson and Kelly at the helm, the collection of young players that includes DeAnthony Thomas, Greg Townsend Jr., Victor Blackwell, Jordan Payton, Devin Lucien and Corey Waller, recently took their show on the road to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take part in the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics National 7-on-7 Tournament.


Victor Blackwell was the top wideout in Tuscaloosa.
"It was a great experience for us, as a team to get together and compete with the best athletes in Southern California," Blackwell said. "We all gained a lot of great relationships. There were a lot of personalities on the trip too so it was just a really fun experience."

Along with plenty of laughs, Blackwell and his teammates also made several big plays and quickly emerged as one of the top teams in Tuscaloosa, cruising to an undefeated record during the opening day of action.

"We played well. Keyshawn (Johnson) drew up the plays and I just tried my best to execute them," Blackwell said. "The quarterback knew where the holes were and I knew the holes."

Team 1925 remained unbeaten until facing off against the South Florida Express in a championship game that featured an elite group of talent on both sides of the ball.

"It was a highly anticipated game," Blackwell said. "We saw them the night before at the dinner banquet, and they were talking about who they have and they knew who we had."

Five-star quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led the South Florida squad that was filled with big name recruits like Wayne Lyons, Kent Turene, Ryan Shazier and Gerrod Holliman.

After trading score for most of the game, Team 1925 had the ball at the 10-yard line with 30 seconds left on the clock, and a chance to tie the score. But after three straight passes fell incomplete the South Florida Express escaped with the victory.

"We went at it. It was a hard fought battle," Blackwell said of the loss. "We got behind and just played catch up, and couldn't get them at the end."

Blackwell was named the best receiver in attendance by Scout's Andrew Bone. His teammate and God-brother, DeAnthony Thomas, was named the Top Overall Prospect.

The close duo played Pop Warner together years ago for the Crenshaw Bears, and will be reunited at USC in the fall of 2011.

"It's like a brother relationship," Blackwell said. "We play together and then see each other at a family event so it's a lot of fun. Our family is excited and loves us both dearly."

With his busy offseason starting to wind down, Blackwell will now turn his focus to Mater Dei and getting back in sync with quarterback Max Wittek.

"I'm working a lot on timing with Max, my footwork coming in and out of breaks and being able to adjust to how the corner is covering me," he said.

Wittek, of course, will also be joining Blackwell next year at USC.

"We have our chemistry now and we know that it will carry through for the next four years."


Jordan Payton, Victor Blackwell and DeAnthony Thomas provide star power for Team 1925.


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