Colorado’s depth at cornerback has taken another hit.
A BuffZone.com source has confirmed that junior Ronnie Blackmon entered the transfer portal this week and is in the process of finding another school.
The Toledo Blade first reported Blackmon’s transfer, as he’s considering playing at Toledo. According to a BuffZone.com source, Blackmon is planning to visit Oklahoma, Toledo, Florida State and Central Florida in the next few weeks.
Blackmon is the fourth CU cornerback to enter the transfer portal since the end of spring practices in April, joining Kevin George, L.J. Wallace and Dante Wigley. All four were projected as backups. Wigley is the only one of the four with significant experience at corner with the Buffs.
A 5-foot-10, 180-pounder from Atlanta, Blackmon was vying for playing time at various spots, including nickel back and the Star position, at CU. He was the Buffs’ top punt/kickoff returner the past two seasons.
Blackmon is intending to play receiver, in addition to returning kicks and punts, at his next school. He caught 41 passes for 617 yards and nine touchdowns during his last two seasons at Westlake (Ga.) High School and was recruited by several schools for offense.
Although not a graduate transfer, Blackmon is hoping to obtain a waiver from the NCAA and become eligible immediately at his next school. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
After redshirting in 2016, Blackmon played mostly special teams with the Buffs the last two years. He saw a total of 116 snaps on defense at CU, recording five tackles in 95 plays last year.
Blackmon led the Pac-12 in total punt return yards last season, with 262, the highest total for any CU player since Josh Smith had 292 in 2008. Blackmon averaged 8.7 yards on punt returns also led the Buffs with 210 yards on 11 kickoff returns (19.1 average). Throughout the season, however, Blackmon mixed good and bad on his returns, as he led the Buffs with eight fumbles (losing one) on his 41 touches.
Blackmon also led the Buffs in punt returns (12 for 96 yards) and kickoff returns (15 for 315 yards) in 2017.
The transfers at cornerback have left CU with just five on scholarship, only three of which have college experience. Senior Delrick Abrams Jr., junior Mekhi Blackmon and sophomore Chris Miller lead the way and are projected as the Buffs’ top three corners. True freshmen D.J. Oats and K.J. Trujillo are the other two on scholarship.
CU is now at a projected 84 scholarship players for the fall – one below the NCAA maximum of 85. It is possible that CU will add a junior college or four-year transfer as a late addition this summer.