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July 30, 2007 at 6:53 PM

More on Blackman

I talked a little while ago with the newest member of UW’s Class of 2008, quarterback Dominque Blackman of Carson, Calif.
Blackman told me that he told UW coaches of his decision about a month ago but held off making it official “because I wanted to make sure I made the right decision.”
The 6-5, 230-pound Blackman, who is rated as the No. 14 quarterback in the nation in the class of 2008 by Scout.com and 20th by Rivals.com, said he chose UW after also seriously considering Arizona and LSU.
The left-handed Blackman said what helped convince him he’d made the right decision was remembering a number of conversations he’d had with people with UW ties.
He said he got to know Isaiah Stanback last spring while Stanback was in Los Angeles working out in preparation for the NFL Draft. He’s also close with recent UW basketball recruit Tyreese Breshers.
“He lives right down the street from me and he told me it was great,” Blackman said. “He said we should go there together to play football and basketball so I thought, why not?”
Eric Yarber, a UW assistant last year who is now at Arizona State, is a family friend and told Blackman that “they don’t worry about race” when it comes to selecting quarterbacks “and I weighed that.”
Blackman said that was particularly important because he felt like some coaches early in the recruiting process were looking at him more as an athlete than a quarterback. “I just didn’t want that to happen,” he said.
Blackman said he’s also close with Brandon Johnson, an incoming UW freshman running back from the Los Angeles area.
Quarterback is a position of need for UW in the Class of 2008 as it has only three on scholarship. One of those, Carl Bonnell, is a senior who will graduate after this year. The others are redshirt freshman Jake Locker and incoming freshman Ronnie Fouch. Blackman said UW coaches told him they will take two QBs in 2008.
Blackman said he’s visited Seattle but has never set foot on the UW campus. But he plans to take his official visit on Sept. 29 when the Huskies play USC.
Blackman has been listed as weighing 250 pounds, but he said that’s an old weight and that he is now down to 230 after an intense off-season of working out.
Blackman, who said he has a 3.8 GPA and an 1140 SAT, said he is considering doing the same as Fouch and enrolling at UW in time to take part in spring practice next year. But he said he hasn’t yet made that decision.

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