Mekhi Blackmon always believed in himself. He just needed someone else to believe in him.
A cornerback at College of San Mateo, Blackmon is one of 14 recruits taking an official visit to Colorado this weekend, and he said he’s likely to commit to the Buffaloes.
“I just need to make sure the area is good and the people are genuine,” said Blackmon, who is making the trip with several family members. “Everyone sounds like they’re going with me and I’m with them, so I just need to figure out if it’s 100 percent.”
Blackmon said if he commits to CU, he is planning to enroll in July and return to Boulder in time for the start of fall camp on Aug. 1. CU has two open scholarships after linemen Dillon Middlemiss and Grant Polley left the team earlier this month.
CU began showing interest in Blackmon this spring and gave him a scholarship offer a couple of days after the departures of Middlemiss and Polley were announced. Although other schools have shown interest in Blackmon, CU is the only school to give him an offer.
“I’ve been believing since I started playing,” he said. “I think I should have been offered out of high school.”
As a senior at Menlo-Atherton (Calif.) High School in 2016, Blackmon caught 23 passes for 620 yards and nine touchdowns on offense, while picking off six passes on defense.
“I believe I was underlooked (out of high school),” he said. “I was a qualifier right out of high school, so grades weren’t an issue. My junior year I didn’t get to play because of transfer reasons. I believe that was a major key in me not being recruited. I was talking to schools all my senior year.
“CSM came and believed in me and I really appreciate what they have brought to the table. Before that, I really didn’t know how to play DB. I was a true receiver.”
He credits CSM defensive backs coach Omari Green for turning him into a quality defensive back.
“Shout out to him,” Blackmon said. “That’s why I have the Colorado offer.”
Blackmon believes his experience as a receiver is an asset for him at corner, because, “I know what a receiver will do.”
At 6-feet, 160 pounds, Blackmon has a thin frame at this point, but he said CU coaches have compared him to former Buffs’ corners Kenneth Crawley (now with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints) and Ahkello Witherspoon (with the San Francisco 49ers).
Although he believes he should have received opportunities sooner, Blackmon said he’s grateful for CU’s interest.
“I can’t complain anymore,” he said. “(The opportunity) is here, so I just have to capitalize on it and make sure everybody knows they should have picked me up earlier. Once I get locked in with Colorado, there’s nothing that’ll get in the way. I’m just ready to play.”
Blackmon has four years to play three seasons.
Former CU signee Sebastian Olver is planning to walk-on at Colorado State this season. Olver, from Australia, was a part of CU’s 2017 recruiting class and participated in the first practice of fall camp last year before leaving the team. A 6-4, 250-pound tight end/defensive end, he played at Canada Prep Academy in Ontario last season.