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Raheem Blackshear announces transfer to Virginia Tech

Team’s 2018 leading rusher and receiver redshirted in 2019.

Rutgers v Michigan
Blackshear will take his talents to an old conference foe.
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Though Virginia Tech has not yet announced the addition, it appears former Rutgers Football running back Raheem Blackshear will join the Hokies for the 2020 season per his twitter feed:

Blackshear elected not to play for the Scarlet Knights under interim Head Coach Nunzio Campanile after Chris Ash and offensive coordinator John McNulty were fired in September. Raheem played both wide receiver and running back in 2019, splitting carries with Isaih Pacheco before he voluntarily took himself out of the lineup.

Blackshear arrived to Rutgers as a borderline three-star recruit who had been previously committed to Michigan State. As a freshman, Blackshear cracked a deep running back rotation scoring five touchdowns. Then as a sophomore he led the team in rushing (586 yards) and receiving (44 receptions, 367 yards) with another five touchdowns. In 2019, he still finished one catch shy of the team lead with 29 despite playing in just four games to preserve a year of eligibility.

Raheem officially entered the transfer portal just days before Greg Schiano was announced as the new Head Coach of Rutgers Football. Schiano indicated that the door was still open for the running back to return to the banks despite heavy pursuit from Temple and Virginia Tech. Ultimately, he chose the Hokies.

Rutgers needs all the talent they can get, but running back is a spot where they have more than capable personnel in Isaih Pacheco, Aaron Young, and Kay’Ron Adams. Kyle Monangai also signed in the early signing period as a scatback in much the same mold as Blackshear. They will need to all take a bigger load in 2020.

I’m not pleased that Rutgers lost a talented player, but I am glad that this saga is over and the program can move on.