Sooners Show Interest in Local WR

Justin Blackmon

The Sooners have been known to use one of their final scholarships on lesser-known local talent. This year, Plainview wide receiver Justin Blackmon could get one of those offers. Sooners Illustrated caught up with the best receiver in Oklahoma you probably haven't heard of.

Every so often, the University of Oklahoma football coaches will attempt pluck a diamond out of the rough and use one of their final scholarship offers on an in-state player that maybe not a lot of people have heard about.

A few years ago, it was Aaron Cummings from Bray-Doyle, an eight-man team. Last year it was Londell Taylor from Vian.

Unfortunately, Cummings' career was cut short by injuries and the talented Taylor chose professional baseball, but that doesn't mean OU coach will quit looking.

This year, that player could be Plainview wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

Currently, Plainview is 8-0, ranked second in Class 3A and Blackmon is a big reason why. Check that, he's a huge reason.

Blackmon (6-2, 190) is the best wideout in the state you haven't heard of. Through eight games, he's caught 40 passes for 1,014 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's also run back three punts for scores and two interceptions for TDs.

Last Friday against Madill, the senior had six catches for 237 yards and three scores.

All that despite getting a ton of attention from opposing defenses.

He's getting the attention of OU coaches as well.

Sooners' wide receivers coach Kevin Sumlin was in Plainview two weeks ago to see Blackmon rack up 189 yards and two touchdowns against Purcell.

Oklahoma State, Colorado, Missouri and Tulsa have shown interest as well. To date, however, only Northern Iowa has offered him a scholarship.

But Blackmon isn't giving up on an OU offer.

"They're telling me to keep my options open and that's what I'm doing right now," he said. "They sound interested."

Blackmon attended the Missouri game, where he said he visited with Sumlin and running backs coach Cale Gundy.

Also a standout for Plainview on the hardwood, Blackmon averaged 16 points a game as a junior. He said he also has some options in basketball.

"I just want to go somewhere to play football or basketball," he said. "I would love to play either, so I'm keeping all my options open."

Blackmon runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and has a 36-inch vertical leap.

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