Dominick Blaylock poses with Steve Spurrier after receiving a scholarship offer from the South Carolina coach over the weekend.
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Cobb County football standout Dominick Blaylock received a scholarship offer from South Carolina over the weekend.
Blaylock is in the eighth grade.
A 14-year-old at Dickerson Middle School in east Cobb, Blaylock attended South Carolina’s junior day Saturday and returned home with his first college offer, from Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
“I had no words,” he said. “I was shocked.”
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound wide receiver was the most valuable player of an eighth-grade all-star game this past December, where he hauled in 107 yards on six receptions.
Blaylock will attend Walton next year, following in the footsteps of his older brothers, former Raider stars Zack and Daron Blaylock, who are now at Kentucky.
“I was excited for Dominick. He has worked very hard, but I know, with an offer like this, from a coach like this, comes a lot of pressure,” Blaylock’s stepfather, John Woods, said. “He is a humble kid, though, and if you know Dominick, you know he doesn’t get too excited over things. He just loves competing.”
Blaylock, the son of former NBA All-Star Mookie Blaylock, has been invited by several different colleges to attend their junior day camps, including Auburn, Alabama and Florida.
“This isn’t a gimmick,” Walton football coach Mo Dixon said. “They’re haters out there, but if this kid could skip high school, he has a college scholarship waiting for him. I’m happy for him.”
Dixon said he was excited to coach Blaylock next year as a freshman in high school. He also stated Blaylock would be competing with the varsity players, but he would only do what’s best for his players.
Blaylock has run the 4-yard dash in under 4.6 seconds and is able to play both sides of the ball as a safety, receiver and tailback.
Also a baseball player, Blaylock plans on playing both sports throughout his high school and college career.
“He wants to go to a school where he can play football and baseball,” Woods said. “After meeting with Spurrier, he was brought down to meet the baseball coach. They encouraged him to play both sports.”
As a baseball player, Blaylock twice won awards for his speed at a summer invitational in Cooperstown, N.Y., running the 70-foot basepaths in 12.5 seconds. He is the only two-time champion in the event.