Riverside's Blackmon has speed to burn

As a prep, Riverside WR Devon Blackmon (6-1, 185) was one of the fastest recruits in the country and that is why Oregon, as well as several other BCS programs, came calling. He eventually signed with the Ducks, but things didn't work out and, following the 2012 season, he decided to leave and get a fresh start and is now poised to be one of the top JUCO playmakers in the country this fall...

"I will put most of it on me," Blackmon admitted to JCFootball.com on why he parted ways with Oregon. "I don't think I was mature enough to handle the demands of what was asked of me on the football field. Coming from high school to college, the playbook was so much more for me and I wasn't consistent in what I was doing. I also didn't feel I got a fair chance to show what I could do, but I was a little immature in the way I handled it.

"Getting down here to Riverside was the right move for me because I needed a fresh start and I liked the staff here and the offense they run and I feel like it's a chance for me to get back to what I was doing and growing up as well."

This spring, Blackmon saw quite a few schools come through and take a look at what he can do and four have already extended early offers his way.

"My offers right now are from Washington, Illinois, Arizona and Fresno State," Blackmon said. "Those are the main schools recruiting me, but I feel like, when people see me play this fall and with our offense, I have a chance to show that I can be explosive and that I can do almost anything they need me to do."

As far as visits are concerned, Blackmon said he wants to take one or possibly two visits before the start of his season and the rest will happen after it.

"I'm trying to set one up with Arizona right now and possibly one to Fresno State," Blackmon said. "Washington said they want me to visit after the season, so that's one I will take for sure after the season."

Blackmon says the Riverside staff have indicated they want to use him in myriad ways including some out of the slot, some out wide and some as a wildcat quarterback, all jobs he handled as a prep at Summit (Fontana, Ca.) High School.

"I did all of that in high school and any way that I can help my team, I want to do it," Blackmon said. "They are going to play me a lot out wide though because I'm going to play wide receiver at the next level, so it's important I get experience out there and can show (four-year coaches) what I can do."

Blackmon is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2013 season.

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