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Oregon moving up for four-star

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Devon Blackmon took his official visit to Oregon two weekends ago, watched the Ducks blow out Washington and now the Fontana (Calif.) Summit athlete said that Pac-10 team is moving up fast on his list.
Rumors circulated that Blackmon, a 6-foot, 175-pound four-star prospect, committed on the trip but he said late last week that is not true. He loved a lot about Oregon but is still considering UCLA and USC and will take official visits to both places soon.
However, the Ducks could be tough to beat.
"It was everything, just the way they treated their players and how they welcomed me and how everybody was about family there," Blackmon said. "It was everything. I loved everything about it.
"It was just awesome. Every facility they had was just awesome. I really appreciated it and they are top notch. I couldn't ask for more. I have a great relationship with all the coaches. We get along well and we all talk.
"They did move up but people think I committed. I didn't commit. I just really liked the trip but I'll be taking trips to UCLA and USC, too."
Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon State and Utah are other programs that have offered Blackmon but he said even though he's still a "free agent" that he's pretty much focused on Oregon, UCLA and USC.
A trip to UCLA is scheduled for mid-December and Blackmon is still trying to figure out which dates would work best for USC.
Since the Bruins have been around so long in his recruitment he's definitely keeping them high on his list. USC is also getting serious consideration because he has always liked the Trojans and their esteemed program. Every team is recruiting him to play wide receiver.
"I need to see how they treat me because they showed me love first," Blackmon said of UCLA. "I'm going to see how their trip is. They're not out of the running. Nobody is out of the running. I'm still an open market. I'm a free agent.
"You can't turn down USC. That would be a hard thing to do. You can't and I won't turn USC down."
Rivals.com rates Blackmon, who had two touchdowns in Thursday night's 30-0 victory over Riverside (Calif.) Norte Vista, sixth at athlete, No. 46 nationally and fifth in the California state rankings.
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