"I have made tremendous strides," Blackman said. "Playing at Carson has made me a better person and player. It's just crazy. I mean playing for Coach Christensen has been great."
His junior stats were not astonishing. Carson's record two years ago, before Blackman played for the Colts, was a paltry 3-8. The 2006 season introduced a new coaching staff and Blackman, which led to a huge turnaround. The Colts finished 9-4. This season Blackman has even bigger goals.
"People just don't know what I have been through," Blackman said. "I mean there were times I felt like giving up but I stuck through it and now it's just great playing at Carson."
"I want to take my team to the championship. I want to make my team better and my teammates better. I don't care about personal stats. I only passed for like 1,700 yards last season. I just want to increase my completion percentage."
Blackman's name is one many will be hearing throughout 2007. Despite Carson's great success last year, he did not jump on the scene until the Scout.com Army All-American Combine in San Antonio back in January.
"I jumped on the scene at the Army All-American Combine," Blackman said. "I was in the top three [quarterbacks]. But I felt I was the best. I tested well. I ran the second fastest shuttle [among quarterbacks] and was in the top 10 overall in the L-Cone drill. I didn't run the best forty but some people just can't run forty's. My game speed is faster than my forty time."
Blackman has had a top seven for some time and the list has change a bit this spring. Right now, he list Fresno State along with six BCS schools.
All of his favorites have offered save LSU.
"The [LSU] coaches are going to come out to my school in a couple of weeks," Blackman said. "We'll see what happens."
Blackman plans to take a few unofficial visits this summer, including one to Fresno.
"Oh yeah, I plan on heading to Arizona and Washington," Blackman said. "I'll probably head up to Fresno and hang out with my boy Robert Golden. He lives up there and plays at Edison."
Blackman says he befriended Golden at the Army All-American Combine and other combines throughout spring. He also says Golden is trying to get him to become a Wildcat, referring to Golden's recent verbal commitment to Arizona.
"He's not recruiting me," Blackman said. "He's just been saying that it would nice to get two full packages guys, one on offense and the other on defense, at the same school.
He said both received offers from Fresno State around the same time.
"Rob got offered the same week I did," Blackman said. "I talk to Coach Hill and he let me know about the quarterback situation. That he has a junior starter and he will be a senior my first year. I can step in and play as a sophomore."
Blackman says the Bulldog coaches like the way he carries himself and the way he throws the ball. The respect is mutual.
"I like the way Fresno State is recruiting me. When they came by my school, Coach Hill made sure I met all the coaches."
Blackman said Fresno State offered his teammate Matthew Hunt, who plays offensive guard and according to Blackman has an offer from Tennessee among seven others.
"Not too many players can say they have an offer from Tennessee," Blackman said. "He has eight offers, Tennessee, Arizona, Louisiana Tech, Iowa State, Idaho, Kansas State have all offered."
Blackman also said the coaches are close to offering RB Jack Sula but he was not at practice when the Fresno State coaches visited. Blackman said his coach was packaging the three players to the Bulldogs.
BarkBoard.com last spoke with Blackman at the Scout.com Combine at the Home Depot Center. It was there, he said Coach Jim McElwain was recruiting him hard. Blackman says he really likes Coach Mac.
"I like his attitude," Blackman said. "I like the way he coaches and the fact he has been in the NFL is important to me."
Blackman said the Scout.com L.A. Combine would be his last. He has mostly been working out on his own for the upcoming season.
"I've been lifting," Blackman said. "I'm about 244 right now. I'm losing baby fat and gaining muscle. I'm pretty much done with camps. I might head to the Rising Senior Camp at USC. I said the Scout Combine was going to be last and I have stood by that.
Blackman reports a 3.82 GPA. He says he is on pace to qualify and has taken his SAT twice.
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