A key member of Georgia’s Class 3A state championship team is on track to be one of the top prospects in the South for 2005.
LaGrange outside linebacker/safety Tray Blackmon is coming off a junior season in which he helped lead the Grangers to a 14-1 record by recording 116 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
“He’s been very, very good already,” LaGrange coach Steve Pardue said, “and we think he’s going to be even better next year. He’s really just now starting to come into his own.
“He’s getting a lot of attention from colleges already. He’s received all kinds of letters, and Georgia and Auburn have already offered him. He’s one of those guys you don’t have to watch much tape to know.”
Blackmon (6-0, 192, 4.48) plays outside linebacker for LaGrange but may project as a safety at the next level. Pardue had made comparisons to current UGA rover Thomas Davis.
“He’s got great instincts no matter where you put him,” Pardue said. “He's always in the middle of things, making something happen. And when he hits somebody, they usually go backwards.
“This past season, he was all over the field. He had 12 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He returned one of those for a touchdown. Like I said, he just seems to always be in the right place at the right time.”
Blackmon was voted the Class 3A Player of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association.