Huskies in the mix for Cali speedster

He's one of the fastest players on the west coast and Summit (Fontana, Ca.) WR/ATH Devon Blackmon has been a popular young man with four-year coaching staffs. This spring he hauled in offers from school across the country and the Washington Huskies were one of the first…

"I haven't dealt much with recruiting because of school and track," Blackmon told Sunday evening. "I've got track meets the next couple weeks and because of some hamstring problems, I haven't really run much, so now is my chance to show people what I can really do."

As a sophomore last year, Blackmon said his top time in the 110-meter hurdles was a 13.87, but this spring the best he's run is a 14.40.

"I'll beat my best time, I'm sure on that," Blackmon said. "I'm getting healthier and with state just a couple of weeks away, I'll be ready."

Because of his ideal size (6'1", 185 pounds) and speed (4.39), Blackmon has been popular with school from across the country and the Huskies were among the first to extend an offer to the speedster.

"North Carolina was the first to offer me and I don't think a lot of people know about that right now," Blackmon said. "After they offered, then UCLA, Oregon, Cal and Washington all offered and then Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Washington State, Alabama and Georgia came in (and offered) and then Florida offered and this past week Nevada and Portland State both offered me too."

While he's a standout on the track, he's just starting to get into a comfort zone on the football field and is used in a multitude of ways.

"My coaches use me all over," Blackmon said. "I just like getting the ball in my hands and using my speed and playmaking abilities to help my team."

This past fall, Blackmon made plays from almost every position he played hauling in 18 receptions for 296 yards and five touchdowns; rushing for 406 yards and five scores on 46 carries and returning kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown.

Because of his explosive speed, Blackmon said recruiters are trying to figure out ways to get him involved and said schools are looking at him as a "get the ball in his hands" type of a player.

"Washington wants me as a receiver and a wild-cat quarterback," Blackmon said. "Coach (Demetrice) Martin said they like what I can do when I get the ball in my hands and they think I could be really good as a wild-cat quarterback. I do that on my team right now, so it wouldn't be anything too different.

"Pretty much all the schools recruiting me said they would figure out ways for me to get the ball in my hands and that suits me just fine."

Blackmon noted he hasn't scheduled any unofficial visits this summer, but hopes to take in a few camps and then get ready for his senior season.

"I'm just looking for a good fit and a good offense," Blackmon said. "I'll take my visits after my senior season so that I can just focus on school and football.

"After that, I'll schedule my trips and find the school that fits me best. Honestly, I haven't even thought about the schools recruiting me all that much. I've just been so busy with school and track that I haven't had time to really sit down and weigh things out."

We'll continue to keep track of Blackmon and update news as it happens with him.

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