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Blackwell commits to UND football

Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson High senior Carter Blackwell celebrates after scoring a touchdown against Williston on Oct. 25 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Carter Blackwell never thought he would stick around North Dakota after he graduates in the spring of 2015.

The Dickinson High senior, who moved from Cypress, Texas in 2013, is planting his roots in the state of North Dakota a little longer.

Blackwell committed to the University of North Dakota football team on Thursday.

“My goal when I first moved up here was to finish high school and then go back somewhere down south,” Blackwell said. “It’s warm there. It doesn’t snow very often. The best part is that they are building a new indoor facility, so I won’t have to practice in the cold.

“I never really thought I would stay up north. It’s kind of a shock.”

The shock aspect of committing to a Division I football program hasn’t really set in.

“This is probably one of the biggest decisions of my life and probably the one I’ll be most pleased with,” Blackwell said. “My dream was to play college football at an experienced level. I always thought it would be a dream. Now it’s becoming a reality. I honestly still think I’m dreaming.”

The 6-foot-2, 160-pound wide receiver said UND offered a commitment a couple weeks ago, but Blackwell needed to talk it over with his family.

Blackwell’s family encouraged him to make the best decision for himself.

“My dad told me, ‘If that’s where you want to go, that’s where you should go,’” he said. “I went on campus. Loved it. I met the new coaching staff. They are all great people. That’s the competition level that I want to be at. I feel like I’ll have a lot success there.”

The thought of playing for UND next season hasn’t really sunk in. Blackwell was impressed by the coaching staff, which he said there’s a good mix of the older and younger coaches.

UND saw Blackwell for the first time during a June camp. It didn’t take long for UND to offer a commitment to Blackwell.

“I had a really good day at camp,” he said. “I knew I liked the school and once they had offered me, I pretty much made the decision right then that this is where I wanted to go.”

Last year was Blackwell’s first season with the Midgets. He played wide receiver and safety. Blackwell went on to compete in track and field and qualified in three events — including a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles at the state meet.

As a receiver, Blackwell finished with 12 catches for 115 yards and one touchdown. On defense, he had five tackles and one interception.

Though Blackwell has only been in Dickinson for a year, second-year head coach John Tuchscherer said Blackwell has gelled with the Dickinson High football program pretty quick.

“He’s a great kid,” he said. “Since the first day he moved here, he has worked his tail off. He’s done everything that’s been asked of him. It doesn’t happen often that you get a kid that hasn’t been with a group for four years and they are looking up to him as a leader on this football team. It didn’t take him very long to become one of the go-to guys — not only on the field, but off the field for the younger guys. That’s just the type of guy that he is.”

McGregor is the sports editor of The Dickinson Press. Tweet him @SirRoyal.