Ex-Rutgers RB Raheem Blackshear wins appeal for eligibility at Virginia Tech
Raheem Blackshear will be able to suit up for Virginia Tech this fall after all.
Blackshear confirmed via Instagram on Tuesday that he won his appeal for immediately eligibility with the Hokies in 2020. His request had initially been denied by the NCAA, which would’ve forced him to sit out of the upcoming season.
The news came just under three weeks until Virginia Tech is scheduled to open the 2020 campaign at home against Virginia. The Hokies will host the Cavaliers on Saturday, Sept. 19 with a kickoff time at either 3:30 or 7:30 p.m. ET.
Blackshear decided to play in just four games last season while at Rutgers, utilizing the 2019 campaign as a redshirt year under the NCAA’s new rules. He totaled 29 carries for 88 yards and also had 29 catches for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns.
At the end of the season, the running back opted to transfer.
In his first two years with the Scarlet Knights, Blackshear was one of the top offensive players. He proved to be an effective ball carrier as well as pass-catcher out of the backfield during the 2017 and 2018 campaigns at Rutgers.
During those two seasons, Blackshear totaled 824 yards on the ground and added 500 receiving yards. He accounted for 10 total touchdowns in his freshman and sophomore campaigns.