Dominique Blackman (6-5, 245) earlier this month named his top three schools and Fresno State was not on the list. However, the four-star signal caller, ranked the 10th best QB in the nation by Scout.com, made a surprise visit to Valley Thursday and has a different view of the Bulldog program.
“Me and my boy Andre from Don Lugo came up with my Uncle Dwight,” Blackman said. “I liked it up here. The coaches were cool. Coach Mac is great and Coach Hill is so inviting.”
“The trip was a unique experience. It was a lot different then what I thought it was going to be. We arrived around 10:30 [am], walked around campus…”
“It wasn’t planned, so I got to see how everything works on an average day. I was like a player for the day. I talked to and met everyone.”
Blackman says he has visited Boise State and San Jose State unofficially but Fresno State was by far his best experience. He still plans to visit his top two schools, Arizona and Washington. However, his third top school, Arizona State, has fallen by the wayside.
“Coach Erickson and ASU picked up a commitment at quarterback,” Blackman said. “That kind of bothers me because Coach Erickson said I was their No. 1 guy. I’ve moved them down from my top three.”
“My top three, you know full-ride top schools I am considering, Arizona, Washington, and Fresno State.”
Blackman is still considering Nebraska, Kansas State, and LSU but has high interest in his top three. “You never know,” he said. “You never know what could happen and one of those schools could move up.”
He feels Fresno State can compete with the top schools on his list. He liked the area and, "It felt good," he said.
“When you think of Fresno State, the division it’s in, a smaller school, not as exciting. But it is just the same [as big schools]. It feels big. Fresno State can compete with the Pac-10 schools even beat them. Fresno could be big-time.”
Blackman’s close friend Chino (Calif.) Don Antonio Lugo RB/DB A.J. Pickens and Pickens father, former Bulldog receiver Dwight Pickens, joined him on his visit. Pickens has an offer from the Bulldogs, too. As well, Edison (Fresno) CB Robert Golden joined in on the visit for a while. Golden also has a Fresno State offer.
“Rob showed up around 11:30, 12,” Blackman said. “He met me at the student lounge. We hung out, bowled, and walked around the campus. I won the first game. We are going to hang out later."
Overall, Blackman says the visit to Fresno State changed the recruiting picture for him. “It definitely changed a lot,” he said. “This trip moved Fresno State into my top three.”
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