Blackman: All Roads Led to UVa

Cole Blackman did not need much time to think things over. The 2016 Glen Allen (Va.) wide receiver received an offer from Virginia on Tuesday night, and committed on the spot. Blackman discussed his decision with HooNation.com.

"He (Marques Hagans) asked me, ‘Cole do you want to play for me?'" Cole Blackman recounted.

"I said, ‘I would love to play for you.' He then said ‘we are extending an offer finally.' I was so excited."

And the 2016 Glen Allen (Va.) wide receiver did not need much time to make up his mind.

"Coach Hagans offered me, and I committed. I told coach Hagans I wanted to commit."

Blackman, a regular visitor on Grounds, made two visits this spring, and made one lasting impression this Sunday at the Mike London football camp, where the coaches had a close eye on the wide receiver.

"It's the greatest feeling I have ever felt in my life," said the 6-foot-2, 200 pounder about his commitment to UVa. "My mom just told me we have to go celebrate tomorrow night. It is such a blessing. I have been working towards this and it is everything I ever wanted."

Blackman, who works under former Wahoo and NFL wide receiver Billy McMullen, said everything was just pointing towards a Cavalier future.

"My whole family is going to be at the games, I am just so happy," he said. "All roads led to UVa. Like coach McMullen, I want to go beat his records there. That's my next goal now. He went to UVa; he broke records. He took me to the visit up there. I just fell in love and I really wanted to go to an in-state school. It just felt right."

Blackman is the second commitment in the 2016 class. Charlotte Court House (Va.) Randolph Henry athlete Joseph Reed committed on Saturday during his visit. And Reed and Blackman already share quite a connection.

"Joe Reed, that just committed, he is also on my travel baseball team too, so we are going to already be teammates. So it just felt right. For the past two months everything has been leading towards UVa.

Blackman, who was working hard to attain his first offer, now will be working to attain a few more recruits to join him at Virginia.

"He (Hagans) told me if I know somebody at camp or somebody that is a really great player to tell them about them-so they can evaluate them. He says he is going to take my word for it because we are the leader of the 2016 class. He also told me to keep grinding."

So who are some guys Blackman will be looking to bring over to Charlottesville?

"First person to come to mind is Sylvester Mayers. We have been best friends since everything. I actually thought he was going to get this offer before me. He is doing great, he is the craziest athlete I have ever seen. That's the first name to come to my mind."

Blackman, who is part of the nationally ranked 7-on-7 team, the Thoroughbreds, also has a particular teammate in mind.

"I want Levonta (Taylor). I'm going to try to get him there too."

For now Blackman is living in the moment he worked so hard for.

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