Recruiting is the lifeblood of any major college athletics team, but following it closely as a fan can sometimes be difficult and can often be time consuming. We’ll try and condense all the recruiting news you can use into this bi-weekly (or more often since we are in Uncertain Times and there aren’t actual sports going on) post. It’ll include updates on current commits, including stats from their high school games, as well as news on players the Badgers are still pursuing. Let’s get down to business!
- 2021 3-star TE/WR Leo Blackburn (Atlanta, Ga.) out of Westlake High School is the most recent recruit to earn an offer from Paul Chryst and the Wisconsin Badgers. He announced the offer via his Twitter account on Thursday evening. According to Rivals, Wisconsin’s offer made it an even 30 for Blackburn. He has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Miami (Fla.), Ole Miss, Nebraska, Pitt, Purdue, South Carolina and many others.
Thanks to my teammates and coaches, I have received an offer from The University of Wisconsin!❤️ pic.twitter.com/5V9lSatGs2— Leo “Bubba” Blackburn JR (@LeoBlackburn7) May 14, 2020
The 6-foot-5 and 210 pound TE is rated as the No. 36 tight end by the 247 Composite as well as the No. 765 player nationally. Blackburn plays a lot of wide receiver for his high school (his Twitter profile lists him as a WR/TE) and his slight frame (if he’s a TE) isn’t set up to block any defensive lineman in the B1G, but he has tremendous upside as a pass catcher.
You can see that an awful lot of these highlights show Blackburn in the red zone jumping over defenders on fade routes in the end zone. At 6-foot-5 he can still put on a lot of weight to make him a tight end that doesn’t have to come off the field during running plays, while maintaining his athleticism.
There are no Crystal Ball predictions for Blackburn yet and it doesn’t seem like he has any favorites so far, so Wisconsin probably has a chance to make an impression on him. Given the other offers that the Badgers have out at the position in the 2021 class, Blackburn may be more of a secondary option or someone they plan on using at a different position. Maybe at wide receiver? Who knows!