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Football: Fairview’s Blackburn sticking with CSU commitment

Versatile athlete impressed with new CSU coach Steve Addazio

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Fairview’s Henry Blackburn will stick with his commitment to Colorado State despite a recent coaching change.
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Amid a coaching change in Fort Collins, Fairview senior Henry Blackburn is sticking with Colorado State.

The Knights’ dynamic defensive back, and last year’s leading receiver in Colorado, reaffirmed his decision on Twitter late Sunday night.

In all caps, “COMMITTED” streamed over his timeline along with a ram emoji at 8:33 p.m. Attached were pictures in his new No. 2 green and gold jersey along with recently hired CSU coach Steve Addazio. A few minutes later, he retweeted a story about his decision from the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

“The biggest thing for me is that I know I’m committing to the program,” Blackburn said Monday. “I’m committing to the college and I’m committing to the community.”

Blackburn originally committed under former Rams coach Mike Bobo, who was let go by the university earlier in the month after going 28-35 in his five-year tenure. Last Friday he met with Addazio, who took over at the helm of the Mountain West program in the middle of last week.

Impressed enough, the senior’s official visit later that day turned out to be a celebration.

“(Addazio) made a trip around Colorado to see some of the local commits and I was able to talk to him and he was able to meet (Fairview) coach (Tom McCartney),” Blackburn said. “He was here 24 hours and he was already out meeting some of the in-state commits, which was really cool to see.”

Even better? The new coach’s message.

“The main thing is he said he wants to win a championship,” Blackburn said. “That’s been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. And I’ve been playing sports for a while. And I think it wasn’t as much as what he was saying, but how he was saying it. He had a lot of passion for what he was saying. I could tell he was being truthful and honest.

“I think he’s a great coach and I think he’s going to do great things. I’m fired up to play for him.”

Blackburn originally committed to the University of Pennsylvania in September before re-opening his recruitment in October. He liked the idea of being closer to home and flipped to CSU after being recruited by Bobo to play safety earlier in the month.

Where he’ll fit in under Addazio, meanwhile, is “still up in the air” — playing at receiver is possible.

“I just love the game,” Blackburn said. “Wherever they need me is where I’m going to play.”

Versatility is certainly a strength for the 247Sports three-star commit.

This past season he led the state in receiving despite missing the first five games, racking up 1,335 yards with 27 total touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 60 tackles and had an interception. And on special teams, he kicked and returned. In fact, after hauling in five touchdowns against Cherokee Trail in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs last month, he booted a 37-yard winner in the closing seconds.

He finished his football career at Fairview with 2,403 receiving yards and 44 total touchdowns.

Blackburn said he will sign his letter of intent Wednesday.