Class of 2019 standout Dominick Blaylock said he was nervous coming into the Adidas Middle School and Elite Talent Football showcase at McEachern High School this past weekend. The Class of 2019 Elite101 member and former Eastbay Youth All-American knew he’d be competing against great competition at corner back and wide receiver.
During the showcase, Atlanta was facing some cold weather; Blaylock noted that, due to the low temperatures, it took a while to warm up. But, once he ran the 40, he felt better and was eventually named a top 10 performer at the end of the showcase. Admittedly, he was a little surprised because he thought he got off to a shaky start, but the award was reassuring and indicative of his ability to bounce back and finish strongly.
Blaylock really shined during 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7’s, releasing off his routes and catching passes time and time again. At the showcase Blaylock took reps exclusively at wide receiver, as he hopes to see varsity time as a freshman in the slot or wing position next year. Moreover, he got the chance to face off against some high school defensive backs. Despite Blaylock's initial nervousness, he said that the competition was solid and he was happy to see the type of play he'll face come fall.
Though he's only an eighth grader, Blaylock has talked to a few SEC schools, including the University of Florida, Auburn and South Carolina. However, if he chooses to go the SEC route, don’t be surprised if the Blue Grass State is where he ends up; both of his older brothers, Zack and Daron, play football at Kentucky right now. Blaylock has also grown up a Kentucky fan and models his game after former Wildcat and current Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb.
Blaylock will be attending an MVP Camp at the request of Chad Simmons from Scout.com and Rusty Mansells from 24/7 Sports before entering Walton High School in the fall. After 2-plus years of being on our radar, look for him to matriculate onto the radars of the high school recruiting sites going forward.
Written by Youth1 Contributor Nathan Powell and Alan Popadines
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