By way of Rutgers, the Virginia Tech football roster has seen a rather significant infusion of backfield talent.
After playing in the first four games of the 2019 season, Raheem Blackshear, a team captain, opted to sideline himself for the remainder of the campaign in order to preserve a year of eligibility. Three months later, Blackshear indicated on Twitter that he has decided to leave RU and continue his playing career with the Virginia Tech football program.
According to 247Sports.com, Blackshear chose Tech over Temple. He had also considered a return to Rutgers.
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It’s expected that Blackshear, a redshirt sophomore, will seek a waiver that would allow him to play immediately in 2020. If that appeal is denied, he would be left with one season of eligibility he could use in 2021.
A three-star 2017 signee, Blackshear ran for 238 yards as a true freshman. The next season, he led the Scarlet Knights in rushing with 586 yards.
Blackshear is also a significant asset in the passing game.
In addition to being the leading rusher in 2018, Blackshear also led the team in receptions (44), receiving yards (367) and receiving touchdowns (two). Despite playing in just four games this past season, he was second on the Scarlet Knights with 29 receptions (the leader, Bo Melton, had 30) and 310 yards (Melton had 427). His two receiving touchdowns were tied with Melton for the team lead as well.