BlackStrain, from Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy in Melbourne, Fla., wrote additionally that Tech was consistent in its recruitment of him and that he has a strong relationship with Collins and wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon. BlackStrain picked Tech over North Carolina, Florida and Florida State, among others.
BlackStrain made the decision without making a visit to Tech, which is unusual in normal circumstances but has grown increasingly common as the NCAA has banned in-person recruiting, because of the coronavirus pandemic. BlackStrain said he made his commitment after a virtual visit, in which he was on a call with several coaches.
“I could feel the love already and I knew that this spot in the ATL was best for me and my family,” BlackStrain wrote.
BlackStrain is coming back from a torn ACL that required him to miss all of his junior season. He has recovered to the point, though, that he was planning to participate in spring practice at Holy Trinity before it was canceled because of the pandemic. He declared himself “better than ever.”
BlackStrain (the name is the fusion of his parents’ last names, Black and Strain) is the second wide receiver in the class, joining another Floridian, Malik Rutherford from Hialeah.