Highly Touted Junior College Lineman Includes Tennessee in Top Five

Keyshawn Blackstock

Keyshawn BlackstockPhoto By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

A highly-touted interior offensive lineman and Georgia native from the class of 2023, Keyshawn Blackstock, has officially dropped a Top 5 for his recruitment this week.

Blackstock’s Top 5 includes Oregon, Tennessee, Southern California, Michigan State, and Oklahoma.

The Covington, Georgia native played one year at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Blackstock has clearly been on the rise as he now sits as a four-star prospect according to 247Sports Composite JUCO rankings. Additionally, according to the same rankings, Blackstock lists as the No. 4 overall JUCO player and the No. 1 JUCO interior offensive lineman in the country.

Top 5 thank you God!! @CoachOatesOL @coachDJLynn pic.twitter.com/a6mYk75Why

— keyshawn blackstock (@keyshawnblacks5) December 15, 2022

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Blackstock’s stock has been red-hot this fall. Since early September, the JUCO prospect has racked up 46 scholarship offers according to 247, including programs such as Auburn, Mississippi State, Penn State, Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska, Jackson State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida State, and Cal.

The 6-foot-5, 315-pounder first took an official visit to the Gamecocks’ program on Nov. 18, just before the weekend of the Tennessee game in Columbia.

One week later, Blackstock took an unofficial visit to Florida State and wrapped things up with an official visit to Michigan State on Dec. 9.

Blackstock and Coffeyville were most recently bounced from the Division I NJCAA playoffs during a loss to Hutchinson C.C. by a score of 38-7. Interestingly enough, Tennessee recently gained a commitment from 6-foot-6, 345-pound Hutchinson C.C. offensive lineman Larry Johnson III, who is not yet ranked in the class. Johnson committed to Tennessee on the 7th of December.

Tennessee offensive line coach Glen Elarbee has had immediate success at getting Tennessee players shots in the NFL. Former lineman Cade Mays was a sixth-round selection by the Carolina Panthers during the 2022 NFL Draft, and offensive lineman Darnell Wright is projected as a second-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Additionally, Tennessee lineman Jerome Carvin looks to be projected as a fifth-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Josh Heupel and Tennessee’s 2023 recruiting class currently has 25 hard commits, led by five-star quarterback Nico Iamaleava and five-star defensive lineman Daevin Hobbs. The Vols also have found two transfer portal additions in kicker Charles Campbell and tight end McCallan Castles.

Blessed to receive an offer from Tennessee!! @CoachOatesOL @coachDJLynn @Gelarbee @AlecAbeln @JUCOFFrenzy pic.twitter.com/aBXTdKMD8B

— keyshawn blackstock (@keyshawnblacks5) October 1, 2022

Author: Ethan Moore