The Georgia Tech football team received commitment No.8 of the 2021 recruiting class on Wednesday when wide receiver James Blackstrain made his commitment to Geoff Collins’ and the coaching staff.
Blackstrain, is a composite four-star recruit according to 247Sports, ranked as the No. 279 player in the country and the No. 50 wide receiver. He’s the fifth in a recent string of commitments for the Jackets that dates back to April 28th. He announced his commitment via Twitter.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound standout out of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Cocoa, Florida has amassed 33 scholarship offers so far in his recruitment including offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee, and USC.
Blackstrain now becomes Georgia Tech’s highest rated recruit in the class, an honor previously held by defensive end Joshua Robinson. He also becomes the Jackets first composite four star commitment in the class.
Since coming to Tech, Geoff Collins and his coaching staff have made wide receivers a priority, bringing in four in each of the last two classes. Blackstrain’s recruitment and now commitment shows that Collins and company are still dedicated to improving the Jackets at wideout.
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It is worth noting that Blackstrain did lose his junior year of high school ball to a torn ACL, so it will be worth watching his development on the field this season for Holy Trinity and as he makes his way to The Flats. Hopefully, he’ll be able to get back to where he was as a prospect before the injury. That being said, the Jackets willingness to take Blackstrain at this point shows the confidence they have in him to become an impact player at the next level.