The trend continues with the ties between south Florida prospects and the University of Louisville football program. Benjamin Blackburn, a three-star tight end prospect, recently announced on Twitter that he has received a scholarship offer from Tight Ends Coach Ryan Wallace.
Louisville is a little late to the party, being his 17th offer, but better late than never they say. What is particularly interesting about this offer is that Benjamin Blackburn is a current teammate of Louisville commit TJ Capers. Both attend Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, Florida, and could follow in the footsteps of Miami Central High School in the Class of 2023 recruiting wave.
Four-star linebacker Stanquan Clark and three-star wide receiver Cataurus Hicks both committed to Louisville from Miami Central High School as a part of FlyVille23. And the combination of TJ Capers, a five-star edge rusher, and Benjamin Blackburn, a three-star tight end, could echo the sentiment of their peers.
The pipeline from south Florida to Louisville is massive and it does not appear to be slowing down by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the only two commits in the Class of 2024 right now are both from Florida. So, if anything the pipeline is picking up momentum.
The offer to Benjamin Blackburn is the latest news in tight ends being tied to Louisville. First, it was Martavious Collins, who recently decommitted from the University of Alabama, then it was Kylan Fox including Louisville in his top 15 schools, and now it is Benjamin Blackburn receiving an offer from the Louisville football program.
Jamari Johnson was the only tight end signed, thus far, in the 2023 recruiting cycle and with Marshon Ford, Isaac Martin, and Josh Lifson all graduating out of the program, the tight end room could use some bolstering.
So, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound Blackburn would be a nice addition to the 2024 recruiting class.