Blackmon's early entry nears official status

December, 8, 2011
12/08/11
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There's been plenty to suggest Oklahoma State junior receiver Justin Blackmon will leave Stillwater after the season to enter the NFL draft.

Blackmon offered more evidence on Wednesday night at a media event for the Home Depot ESPN College Football Awards show, where he is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
"I'm pretty sure that it will be (my last game)," he said.

When asked why he came to that decision, Blackmon said, "I think it's just time. It's that time to go. I came back last year to win a Big 12 championship, set us up for a BCS bowl and I think we did that."

Blackmon was honored with Oklahoma State's seniors during Senior Day last week against Oklahoma.

"It was a lot of fun," Blackmon said. "I was thankful they let me do it and let me be honored as a senior and walk out, get my parents a chance to see me go."

Blackmon's right. It is time. Leaving early would have been a pretty good decision last year, but it's certainly the right one this time around. His numbers dipped a bit, but he accomplished a lot more as a team.

He's making defenders look silly in the college game, and if he's looking for the place that will make him better, the NFL has become that place.

It's been great watching him and seeing him develop as a player, but the next stage of that development will become official soon.

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