VIDEO: James Blackman High School Playoffs Action

True freshman James Blackman woke up today as the new starting quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles. This situation probably wasn’t something he imagined when he enrolled just two months ago. However, it’s time to see how Blackman does in the wake of the injury to Deondre Francois. Luckily, FSU has an elite defense that should be able to control the offenses of most of their opponents while Blackman comes along.

He’s just 6’5″ 185 lbs and his body isn’t ready for collegiate play. It was expected that Blackman would come in, redshirt, and then fight for playing time. Now, he’s being thrust right into the frying pan. Blackman will get his first taste of real snaps on Saturday against UL-Monroe, it’ll be important for him to establish his confidence early on in the contest.

Blackman was a composite three-star recruit, though he was rated as a four-star by Rivals and 247, in high school but I’m beginning to question that evaluation. Head coach Jimbo Fisher elected to offer the young quarterback a scholarship after Blackman threw for him. He supposedly had one of the best throwing sessions that Fisher has ever seen live. You can see the potential in his game. Blackman carried Glades Central to a playoff game against Miami Booker T. Washington, one of the best prep programs in the state.

Despite his defense failing him, Blackman put on a show in a losing effort. He finished 18-27 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He puts the football into a tight window and his accuracy is unquestioned. Blackman can drop the ball right into a receivers hands, really impressive for an incoming freshman. Fisher has to be excited with the talent he’s going to get to work with. He just thought he’d have more time to mold Blackman before needing him to perform.

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