September 27, 2010

West Coast ATH schedules UA official

Fontana (CA) Summit star Devon Blackmon came into the season as one of the West Coast's top prospects with the skills to play nearly half a dozen different positions. Recently, the 6-foot, 175-pound four-star has been in touch with the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide about the possibility of playing several different roles in the Tide offense.

"I spoke to Coach Saban a couple of weeks ago and we had a nice talk," Blackmon said. "He told me they were going to lose a lot of wide receivers at one time next year and that I had a chance to come in and make an impact early. They want guys who can stretch the field and score any time they touch the ball. They would like to move me around and keep defenses guessing. I like what they do out of the Wildcat, and since I have played quarterback and in high school and ran out of direct snaps, I think I could be really strong in that formation."

Blackmon said his relationship with Saban has been key for the Tide.

"Coach Saban is one of my favorite coaches in football and I like talking to him a lot. He knows how to win and get the most out of his players. They never quit and never say die. They just keep wearing you down and picking up the wins."

The late push from the Crimson Tide has earned Alabama an official visit later this season and put the Tide squarely in the mix for Blackmon's signature.

"I am going to officially visit Alabama for their game against Auburn. I figured that would work out best because our season would be over and that is probably the game to see on Alabama's schedule. I am looking forward to seeing other schools outside of the west coast. I wouldn't mind going off to school with the right opportunity."

"Right now I am mainly looking at Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Miami, Washington, Alabama and Florida. I really don't have any favorites right now, and I don't think I am deciding anytime soon. It would definitely be after the holidays and close to Signing Day.
My focus is all on my senior year and getting better."

Blackmon is rated the nation's No. 3 athlete prospect and the No. 20 overall prospect.

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