Scouting Report: Raheem Blackshear, RB, Rutgers

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Warminster, PA | 5090 | 185 | 4.45E | 2021

Strong hard-nosed runner who is shifty as heck! Explosive player with quick feet, he embraces contact and plays much bigger than his size. An all-purpose producer, as a runner, pass-catcher and return man. Despite his size concerns, he’s actually an effective goal line runner who can gain some push upon initial contact. A smart player who picked up the playbook fast, according to offensive coordinator Jerry Kill, which has allowed him to see the field as a true freshman. He previously committed to Temple and Michigan State before signing with Rutgers and looks to be the best back they’ve had since Ray Rice. Hit start on the microwave and watch him sizzle—he’s a dose of instant offense and is a prime performer to monitor over the next several years.

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2017: Hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception in the victory over Purdue (10/21) … recorded a 19-yard touchdown in the win at Illinois (10/14), finishing with six carries for 87 yards (14.5 average) … had a 41-yard rush against the Fighting Illini … notched a 14-yard reception and five kickoff returns versus No. 11 Ohio State (9/30) … led the team with 102 rushing yards in the win over Morgan State (9/16) with two touchdowns, finishing with a game-high 132 all-purpose yards … had three carries in collegiate debut versus No. 8 Washington (9/1), including a six-yard run on the third offensive play of the season.

High School/Personal: 
Coached by Steve Devlin at Archbishop Wood Catholic … helped the Vikings to a 11-2 record and a PIAA Class AAAAA state title … produced 236 yards rushing and three touchdowns in the championship game … finished 2016 with 1,257 yards rushing with 19 touchdowns on the ground … also caught 26 passes for 433 yards and five receiving scores … First Team 5A All-State selection as an athlete by the Pennsylvania Football Writers … contributed 409 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns along with 395 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions as a junior … three-star prospect and second overall running back in Pennsylvania by Scout … 29th best recruit in the Keystone State and a three-star player by ESPN … top-40 player in the state and a three-star recruit by 247Sports.