Liberty-Bedford LB Deven Blackston (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
We wind down coverage of the Second Clash of 2020 with a nod to Deven Blackston
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
(Winning that MVP) says I put in a lot of hard work. It makes me feel great because (the work) came to fruition in some form. I’m definitely excited about that.” – Deven Blackston
Deven (2021 LB 6-2.5 215) made the trip to Midlothian for the second Clash of the Titans event along with several teammates. They repped Liberty-Beford well, bringing their talent from just east of Roanoake. They’re smack dab in the middle of Lynchburg and Roanoke, so the Minutemen aren’t often heard from in the 757, the 804 or in NoVA.
That made this win even more of a celebration. Teammate Cortarius Gilmore had an excellent showing as a running back, and Gilmore ran a 4.48 forty, putting him among the fastest performers on the day.
“I’m at it six days a week, grinding it out, trying to get better,” Blackston said. “I missed last year because of an injury. This year has given me an opportunity to work hard and put more work in. I’m excited for next season.”
As a an athlete in the Class of 2021, and after missing his junior season, it would be easy for Blackston to feel anxious about his recruitment. After all, the junior season is known as the one that can make an athlete’s recruitment pop. Instead, Blackston is going to have to continue working and appealing for a look from college coaches. The lack of a fall football season is also a hurdle.
Blackston transferred from Jefferson Forest to Liberty-Bedford after his sophomore season, so he’s really looking forward to having his first impact for the team.
“You have to keep (the game) on you mind. The feeling of winning and losing; both of them. That’s what’s keeping me going,” he said. “(At Liberty) we have a lot to build on. I’m definitely excited (for the season).”
– Andy Hilton