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Georgia Tech Football: Five Newbies to Watch for - Leo Blackburn

A look at the next projected TE on The Flats

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 28 Georgia Tech at Temple Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Coming out of Westlake High School in the Class of 2021, Leo Blackburn was the second highest rated player in Georgia Tech’s recruiting class. His 6’5” frame will be a huge asset should he line up at the Tight End position for the Yellow Jackets during his time here.

He was rated as highly as the 14th TE in his recruiting class, and 20th rated player in the state of Georgia. What will be interesting to see is if he’ll hold a role similar to what Jalen Camp did during his Tech career, or if he’ll go the traditional TE route.

In his highlights, you can see his body control on display as he was the go-to Jump Ball winner for his offense. In the tape (which should be noted as his Junior Year), his length and flexibility make him a danger on any of the routes he’s seen running.

The striking thing that stands out in available metrics is the 4.49 40yd dash time that allows him to create distance from his defenders. This is definitely an outlier for the TE position and would have put him as one of the fastest TE’s at the last NFL combine that was held in 2019. He’s got two options really: stay on the more lean side and play outside, or bulk up to 245lbs or so and play TE.

There’s a comp here that he might aspire to - current Oakland Raiders TE and former Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller. Waller went in to his NFL Draft at 6’6” and 255lbs. Waller was a little faster running a 4.46s 40yd dash, but aspiring to play like the NFL’s 4th leading WR for receptions in 2020 is certainly a high bar, but I think there’s a path forward for Leo to be a special player for Georgia Tech.

Hopefully Coach Patenaude will be able to find a way to get Leo on the field, because I think there’s a chance he’s able to start Day 1 at TE.