May 3, 2010

West Coast speedster talks UA

Fontana (CA) athlete Devon Blackmon might be one of the fastest high school prospects in the nation for the Class of 2011 and as programs around the country have begun to see the elite speedster's film, the offers have come racing in. Currently Blackmon holds scholarship offers from the entire Pac-10 along with SEC powerhouses Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

"It's been interesting now that some of the schools out East are starting to find me," said Blackmon. "I'm not afraid of playing out there on the East Coast. If I find the right fit for me, it doesn't matter how far from home it is."

Blackmon's offer from Nick Saban and came after Blackmon himself sent the Crimson Tide his highlight film from his junior season over the internet.

"It was a case of me finding them, rather than the other way around. I was researching schools and thought I definitely needed to at least let them know I was interested since they are the national champions. It turns out they already knew about me but they just weren't sure if I was the kind of guy who would be willing to leave California. As soon as they knew I was interested, they offered."

"Coach (Jim) McElwain and I talk a lot and he said they really see me as a difference-maker in their offense. I think I will mainly be a receiver in college but I also can contribute as a kick and punt returner and Coach McElwain mentioned using me as a Wildcat quarterback."

Playing quarterback is nothing new for Blackmon, who has played a number of snaps at the position for Summit High School, but how much time he spends in the backfield will depend on the style of offense he decides to play for.

"Most schools have talked to me about being a Wildcat guy but some schools like Oregon and Utah would really work for me to play quarterback full time for them. I haven't really decided what kind of offense I prefer so I will have to let that play out."

The 6-foot, 175-pound star said he's in no hurry to make a decision about his college destination and plans on taking his time and his allotment of official visits before settling on a final decision.

"Everybody claims to be the best at something so now it's up to me to find out what the reality is. I will do my own research, take visits, talk to the players and find out what school really has the most to offer me in terms of academics, environment, support, and the ability to help me get to the league and succeed once I'm there."

"I'm going to spend the summer taking unofficial visits out here on the West Coast and then probably use all five of my official visits on schools that are further away since I won't have as many opportunities to visit those places."

Blackmon is a member of the Rivals250 to Watch List.

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