WR Jabrian Blackwell off to big start

Last season, Encino (Calif.) Crespi had a playmaker on the outside in wide receiver Chris Harper, who signed with California. This year, the Celts rely on Jabrian Blackwell -- a smaller target, but a player who has proved himself capable of making a similar impact.

The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Blackwell had a big game to open the season, as he caught eight passes for 169 yards and a touchdown against Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe Catholic. One week later, he made quick work of Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft, as he caught two passes, for touchdowns of 48 and 70 yards.

At this point, Blackwell has heard from Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, UNLV and Utah, but said he will take the ACT on Saturday and hopes recruiting interest will increase after he receives his score.

“I’m really interested in SMU,” Blackwell said. “I hear they don’t care about size. I’m not too big, so that’s one of my top choices.”

Blackwell said he has notices that more pl;ayers without prototypical size are making big impacts in the college game and he would love to continue that trend.

“If you can play, you can play,” he said. “As long as you work hard.”

But during his last season at Crespi, Blackwell said he wants to more than just fill in for Harper’s production last season.

“He’s my best friend,” Blackwell said of Harper. “We have a big brother, little brother thing, but I want to be even better than him. I just keep on working hard because I’m trying to fill even bigger shoes than what he did.”