Georgia Tech ‘perfect fit’ for Holy Trinity’s BlackStrain


Holy Trinity rising senior wide receiver James BlackStrain announced his commitment to Georgia Tech on Wednesday. The four-star recruit had more than 40 scholarship offers but chose the Yellow Jackets because he believes the school and football program are the "perfect fit,"

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With more than 40 college scholarship offers from some of the biggest programs from throughout the country, Holy Trinity wide receiver James BlackStrain was looking for what he felt was the best fit.

He wanted to feel at home.

Well, he found it … and it’s in Atlanta.

BlackStrain announced on Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he was committing to Georgia Tech.

“They stood apart because I feel that it’s a perfect fit for me academically and on the football end,” BlackStrain wrote in a Twitter message.

A four-star recruit who is ranked No. 201 on the 2021 ESPN 300 rankings, BlackStrain missed his junior season while recovering from a knee injury sustained while playing basketball for Holy Trinity.

That didn’t stop him from holding offers from schools like Florida State, USC, Penn State, West Virginia, North Carolina, Utah and Mississippi State – just to name a few.

Georgia Tech, which offered BlackStrain in February 2019, became his top choice two weeks ago when he said he started to notice the Yellow Jackets were more active than other schools recruiting him.

“They wanted me to be a part of the family, and I wanted to join the family,” he wrote.

BlackStrain committed to the Yellow Jackets during a Zoom conference call with head coach Geoff Collins and the program’s entire offensive staff, including wide receivers coach Kerry Dixon.

“We’re starting something special in the ATL. I know the program is going to change around Coach Collins because he is a great person. They're all about family, and from my relationship with (wide receivers) Coach Dixon, all I feel is the ATL love from them.

“They were wanting me a lot, even after all of my injuries. They love me as a person and a player.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound rising senior also thanked Holy Trinity head coach Nate Hooks Jr. and offensive coordinator Matt Cammarata “for making these relationships for me because they made my recruitment very easy compared to what it would have been like with nobody on my side looking out for me.”

Georgia Tech went 3-9 in its first year under Collins, who transitioned the Yellow Jackets’ offense from the triple option run for 11 years under previous coach Paul Johnson to a spread offense that can take advantage of receivers like BlackStrain.

“Trust me this is going to be a different (Georgia) Tech offense,” BlackStrain said. “We’re going to be more pro-style and I can see myself in the slot or outside moving around the field.”

Though he has yet to visit the Georgia Tech campus because of the coronavirus pandemic, BlackStrain took a virtual tour of the campus and athletic facilities and said he is fully committed.

With his commitment out of the way, BlackStrain is eager for his senior season at Holy Trinity. The Tigers are coming off back-to-back seasons that saw them reach the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. The goal this season to go even further.

“I’m ready to focus on my senior year and get ready for the season,” he wrote. “Planning to make a deep playoff run with some new teammates!”