Utah Is A No Brainer for Blackmon

Layton CB Julian Blackmon wasted little time deciding where he'd play after being offered by Utah

For Layton High School (Layton, Utah) cornerback Julian Blackmon, it was never a question of where he wanted to play college football, it was only a question of whether or not he'd get the opportunity to play there. It can be easy for high school recruits to get caught up in the publicity of pulling in offers from schools from across the country and stringing out their recruitment to build up anticipation for when they actually make their decision, but there are a select few that have their eyes set on a certain school from the very beginning, and for Blackmon, that school was Utah.

Growing up just 20 minutes away from the University of Utah campus, Blackmon had no intentions of going anywhere other than Utah, and after being extended an offer just 4 days ago, he felt it was the right decision to make the call and become a Ute for the next 4-5 years of his life.

"I committed over the phone to Utah today," said Blackmon. "I'm very excited. The coaches were super happy when I called, and so am I."

Blackmon said he grew up a Ute fan, so it made it an easy decision for him when he got the official offer. "Utah has always been my favorite school, so when they offered it wasn't even a question that I wanted to go there." Blackmon also cited a family history with the U as a big reason for his final decision. "My parents both graduated from the U so that kind of helped me as well. I also love the connection that I have with the coaches."

Utah is recruiting Blackmon for the defensive side of the ball, where they see him lining up at cornerback, and he's been mainly talking with two defensive coaches from Utah, including his future position coach. "Coach Scalley and Coach Shah have been my main recruiters. I have a pretty good relationship with them. I feel like I can talk to them about anything."

Blackmon currently plays both cornerback and wide receiver for high school, but says he doesn't have much of a preference for either position. "I love both sides of the ball. I'll play any position they want me to without being uncomfortable or anything."

To this point in his athletic career Blackmon is known across the state as more of a basketball player, as he helped lead the Layton Lancers to a state championship earlier this year as the starting point guard, but he says his focus is on football going forward, though he also wouldn't mind the opportunity to play both at Utah. "I haven't talked with Utah about playing both sports in college, but if I could, I would definitely play both."

Being a more polished basketball player, Blackmon has been hard at work this off season fine tuning his skills on the gridiron. "My strength is the main thing I'm working on right now. I've got to get stronger. Also my technique is raw, and I would like to improve in that category. I feel like my biggest strength on the field though is my raw athleticism." Being a bit more raw in his technique has been a leading factor as to why Blackmon's recruitment has gotten off to a slow start, as his only other offer is from Idaho, but that was likely soon to change, as he was getting some attention from some big time programs.

"I've been talking with Boise State, BYU, Utah State, Missouri, UCLA, Nevada and UNLV lately. I feel like Boise State and BYU were really close to offering." That doesn't matter to Blackmon now though, as he says he's 100% firm in his commitment to Utah and will not take any other visits to other schools.

He will be doing some recruiting of his own though, as there is a specific in state recruit that he has his sights set on that he wants to join him at Utah. "I'm going to recruit Max Tooley. He's a big target for Utah and he's a good friend of mine. It would be great to play with him. I'd feel more comfortable, but he's gotta do what's best for him in the end."

Blackmon had 46 tackles and 6 interceptions as a junior, in addition to 456 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. He recently clocked a 4.52 40 yard dash at the local Nike Regional Combine as well.

Check out Blackmon's junior highlights here.

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