High School Sports

Sports blog: Meridian's Spencer Blackburn commits to EWU

Meridian standout lineman Spencer Blackburn three days ago didn't know whether he'd be a Division I football player or not.

But he received the good news he was waiting for Monday, Feb. 3.

"It was actually in a voicemail," said Blackburn of how he learned Eastern Washington University was offering him a chance to play football. "I just yelled, 'I'm going to be an Eagle.' Then I called my parents."

Blackburn is only one of two Bob Ames coached players to start all four years along the offensive line. He also was a force on the defensive side of the ball. This year, Blackburn helped pave the way for Meridian running back Letrez Jones to run for 1,960 yards. He was a unanimous first team offensive and defensive Class 1A All-NWC selection.

Blackburn had been in contact with EWU defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Ryan Sawyer for the past two years, he said, but even after Blackburn took his official visit to Cheney, he wasn't sure if he'd be an Eagle or not.

Two weeks ago the coaching staff met with Blackburn and his family at Blackburn's home and was told they weren't sure if he was going to get a scholarship or not. On Wednesday, proudly wearing a red EWU jacket, Blackburn put pen to paper and signed his official letter of intent to play at EWU.

"It was weird," he said. "For a while, I didn't think I was going anywhere for college football, at least Division I, but it worked out well."

Blackburn said he hasn't been told which side of the ball he'll play, although he's hoping to play defense. He said Eastern recruited a pair of other athletic lineman who are also versatile enough to play offense and defense.

Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, in a press release, said he could picture Blackburn anchoring the offensive line.

"At 260 pounds, he runs incredibly well and also has the ability to play on both sides of the ball," Baldwin said to EWU Athletics. "We see him as a possible future center. He's very sharp, plays hard with lots of thump and has a great body. He has the mindset and ability to be a very good athletic center for us."