Trey Blackman, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound middle linebacker from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., has verbally committed to play football at Eastern Kentucky University.

Blackman helped lead the Patriots to the 6A state title game this season and was one of the most highly-honored defensive players in Florida. He led Lake Brantley with 148 total tackles (84 solo, 56 assists) and had 13.5 tackles for loss.

The standout linebacker was named First-Team All-State (6A) Monday by the Florida Sports Writers Association and was selected as an All-Central Florida First-Team pick and the Seminole County Defensive Player of the Year by the Orlando Sentinel.

“Trey visited EKU last weekend and was impressed with the school, the atmosphere, the professors and the academic program they have in place,” Trey’s mother, Linda Blackman said. “Also, what persuaded him the most to pick EKU was coach (Danny) Hope and all of his coaching staff.”

Blackman was also named first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and was Lake Brantley’s Defensive Player of the Year. He was also honored as the Channel 6 Player of the Week, the Orlando Sentinel Player of the Week (twice), Friday Night Football Player of the Week (twice) and Lake Brantley Defensive Player of the Week (four times).

The standout linebacker was a key reason for the Patriots’ season-opening seven-game winning streak and the team’s top-ranked defense — they allowed just 10 points a game through the first seven weeks of the season. After a loss to Oviedo, Lake Brantley bounced back to win six straight games.

Blackman turned in one of his most memorable performances of the season in a state semifinal victory over Boone. He had two interceptions and recovered a key fumble in a 34-31 win that put Lake Brantley into the state finals. The second INT stopped a would-be gaming-winning drive in the final moments.

“I was just in the right spot at the right time,” Blackman told the Orlando Sentinel after the game. “That was probably the third interception in my whole high school career.”

The Patriots lost in the title game, falling to perennial state power Northwestern 34-31 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.

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