In what is shaping up to be the year of the linebacker nationwide the best of them all could be LaGrange, Ga. product Tray Blackmon. Blackmon’s film has amazed everyone who has seen it as it is some of the best to ever pass through the Rivals.com video room.
The question everyone wants answered about Blackmon is where he is leaning.
“I’m trying to stay open about the whole process,” said Blackmon. “I can tell you that Georgia, Auburn, USC, Kentucky and Florida State are in there. I’m looking at some other schools to though.”
The 6-foot-0, 200-pound Blackmon plays linebacker for his high school team. Some think he may end up at safety, but his likely destination will be linebacker.
Inside sources indicate that the Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers have the upper hand for this hard-hitting backer, but Blackmon says that isn’t so.
“I like those two schools no doubt. I also like USC a lot and I am going to take a trip out there. Florida State is always good too and I like them a lot and they always have good linebackers.
People don’t realize that I’m as serious about Kentucky as I am either. One of my teammates and real close friends (Wesley Woodyard) signed with them last year and he wants me to come up there. It’s kind of tempting to rejoin a high school teammate that you know real well.”
Blackmon has surpassed the century mark in tackles the past two seasons with 101 as a sophomore and 116 as a junior. As a sophomore he also posted 11 tackles for loss and five sacks. As a junior he fought his way to 16 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.
“I’m just trying to weight my options and do what is best for me in the end. I’m looking for a coach that can lead me like coach Pardue has. It is really hard for someone to compare with him because he is a great guy and we have a close relationship. So I will want to trust a coach and have a good relationship with him for me to go to a place.”
He runs a 4.50 40-yard dash and sports a 325-pound bench press and 550-pound squat. Blackmon is interested in studying business and carries a 2.61 GPA. He recently made a 15 on his first ACT attempt and will take it again in June.