By Andrew Gorringe
One of the first commitments from in state prospects for Utah in the 2016 cycle was that of Layton athlete Julian Blackmon. The Utes kept a close eye on Blackmon since the beginning of his junior year, as they spent many, many months scouting him, and after Blackmon had an impressive spring camp circuit, the Utes decided it was time to extend an offer his way. Being his first offer, and his favorite team growing up, Blackmon wasted little time making his decision, as he committed just a short couple of days after being offered. Utah was his only offer at the time, but Blackmon was also receiving heavy interest from BYU, Boise State and others.
The word ‘athlete’ is probably no more applicable to any other Utah commit in this class than Blackmon, as he is one of the best pure athletes in the state of Utah. Blackmon is a very good basketball player, having led his team a state title as a junior, which is something that the Utah staff place a big emphasis on. On the football field, Blackmon played wide receiver and cornerback for Layton High School, and was the go to playmaker for his team. Blackmon has good size at 6’1-175lbs, but also has great speed to go along with that. At this point in his athletic career, Blackmon is a much more polished basketball player, but the potential for him in football is undeniable.
With the ability to play on both sides of the ball, the first thing the Utah staff will want to do with Blackmon is determine which side of the ball will be best suited for him. Early indications point to him playing corner back for Utah, where he’ll be another tall, lengthy addition to the very accomplished Utah defensive backfield. In addition to figuring out his best position, Blackmon will need time to bulk up his frame and put on some much needed size. His frame is very capable of holding another 15 to 20 pounds, and he is most likely heading towards a redshirt year in 2016 in order to spend time developing his body.