Just days before the NCAA’s February 1st signing day, news broke that Archbishop Wood 3-star slot back Raheem “Speedy” Blackshear has flipped his commitment from hometown Temple University to Michigan State. Via his twitter account, Blackshear made the announcement with a note thanking Temple and explaining his verbal commitment flip.
“I am thankful for Temple giving me an opportunity to play for their program. But, after talking to my family and my prayers I am verbally committed to Michigan State University."
Just under seven months ago, the 5’10’ speedster made his verbal commitment to Temple with the help of head coach Matt Rhule and Frisman Jackson- both coaches who are no longer with the program.
Blackshear told The Detroit News Michigan State and Rutgers entered the picture after he led his team to a 2016 state championship, carrying a bulk of the load in the process. In the final two games of his high school career he totaled 414 rushing yards and five touchdowns that lifted Archbishop Wood over both Academy Park (Delaware County), and Harrisburg for the title game.
Blackshear is one of 21 Spartan commits from his class, and the third commitment flip to East Lansing in under a week.
On the season, No. 2 tallied just under 1,700 scrimmage yards and 25 total touchdowns in 14 games. According to pennlive.com other notable schools showing interest were Navy, Army and Kent State.