Blackman hopes for D-1 opportunity

One of the top JUCO passers in the country this year wants people to know he's ready to leave and move on the bigger and better things, but at this point L.A. Harbor QB Dominique Blackman (6-5, 250) is still on hold as far as D-1 scholarships are concerned. This weekend he's heading to Old Dominion to check out what they have to offer, but he's hopeful some 1A schools take a look...

"I'm a little frustrated, but it is what it is," Blackman told Monday evening. "I had a huge year here at Harbor. I threw for almost 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns and I rushed for over 500 yards and six scores, so people can't say I'm athletic enough.

"I can do it all and I feel like I'm ready to go, but right now all I have is 1AA offers. I'm visiting Old Dominion this weekend and they are a great program and I'm excited to go see them, but I was really hoping a 1A school like from the WAC or from the Mountain West or Pac 10 would like me enough to at least bring me in."

Not all is lost for the talented signal-caller. He does have schools like Iowa State and Oklahoma interested enough to request film.

"I got my film out to (Oklahoma) last week so I'm hoping something comes out of that," Blackman said. "They play in the spread so it would fit me well, but I could play in a pro system. It doesn't matter to me. I just want to play ball and do what I love."

Blackman signed with Washington out of high school and had over 25 offers to his name. However, he was unable to enroll on time because he didn't have a good enough SAT score, so he worked hard to get his qualifying score.

Once he got that score, he hoped to show up in Seattle to start school, but new head coach Steve Sarkisian wanted him to move to tight end and since Blackman didn't want to do that he decided to look elsewhere.

"I could have played it sure, but I'm a QB," Blackman said. "I wanted to play QB and felt like going to a JC for a year would really help me out.

"I have four years to play three if I sign now, so I'm really hoping someone looks at my film and likes me. I can play and I'll work harder than anyone to get where I want to be."

We'll check back in with the talented signal-caller as it gets closer to signing day and find out where things stand.

Harbor finished the season 9-2 losing in the first round of the playoffs to powerful Fullerton College in the American Bowl to finish the season.

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