Summit receiver Erik Brown doesn’t yet know which college he will choose, but one thing recently became a certainty. Wherever he goes it will be with his cousin Devon Blackmon, a four-star receiver from the Summit class of 2011 who went to Oregon before transferring to Riverside City College in January.
Brown (pictured, right) has collected nine scholarship offers since the end of Summit’s season in November. Blackmon has pulled in several offers with the intention of transferring to a Division I school after his first season at Riverside City. Two offers the duo has in common are Boise State and Washington, which are high on the a short list that includes USC, a school that has expressed interest in both players but is yet to offer.
“It’s always been in the back of our minds (to go to the same school),” Blackmon said. “I would like to show (Brown) the ropes in college and steer him away from some of the mistakes I made.”
Brown, a three-star junior who has become an increasingly hot commodity during the spring, was a freshman during his cousin’s senior season when Blackmon was one of the most highly recruited players to come out of the Inland Empire in recent years. USC was one of the final two schools in the running for Blackmon, who opted to sign with Oregon over Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Cal, among many others.
Blackmon redshirted his first season at Oregon, played as a redshirt freshman and plans to transfer to a Division I school after his first season at Riverside City College, presenting the opportunity for the cousins to be available at the same time.
“I feel blessed to have a second chance,” Blackmon said. “I’m just humbled and want to perfect my craft and make my family proud of me in this time.”
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Brown also has offers from UCLA, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State, Nevada, Fresno State and Houston. He started as a sophomore on the 2011 Summit team that won the first CIF-SS championship in school history. Brown was the SkyHawks’ leading receiver last season with 21 receptions for 305 yards and three touchdowns.