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Point men's tennis recruits (left to right) -- Sam Blackburn and Patrick Tobacco
Men's Tennis - Tue, May 2, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Point University men's tennis coach Chad Simpson has added two transfer student-athletes to his 2017-18 squad – Sam Blackburn from Enterprise, Ala., who is transferring to Point from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and Patrick Tobacco from Spartanburg, S.C., a 2015 graduate from Dorman High School who is transferring from The Citadel, an NCAA Division I program.


Coach Simpson commented on his recruits, "This recruiting class is turning into a very special one.  I am grateful that God is drawing great players and even better people here to be part of the Skyhawks' tennis program.   When I think of mixing this talented duo with our returning players and several other recruits, I begin dreaming about being on the court with the squad in the fall."


SAM BLACKBURN -- Blackburn comes to Point University from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, a top 20 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) program, where he played two seasons. He accumulated a 38-6 singles record and a 32-9 doubles record at Mississippi Gulf Coast and was ranked as high as number 36 in singles and number 11 in doubles.  He played at number two singles and number one doubles as a sophomore and won the number two singles consolation championship at the 2016 NJCAA National Championship.  As a freshman, Blackburn played number three singles and number one doubles and received the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Freshman Player to Watch Award.


Coming out of Juniors, Sam was a 1-star recruit and ranked number eight in Alabama and number 519 in the nation.


Blackburn commented on why he chose Point as the place where he will continue his education and competitive tennis career, "I chose Point because I believe it's in God's plan for me.  The school takes education and athletics very seriously, and I know with the great coaches and staff Point offers, I will be well prepared for my future after college."


Coach Simpson commented on Sam Blackburn, saying, "With us losing five of our top seven this season, I was looking for a guy like Sam.  He has a lot of collegiate experience which will aid our younger guys.  He is a positive leader, hard worker, and has a solid faith.  I look forward to watching Sam thrive here at Point and am excited about training him up to be a great coach one day."


PATRICK TOBACCO -- Tobacco comes to Point after attending The Citadel (S.C.), an NCAA Division II school, in the fall of 2015.  Patrick has four years of eligibility remaining and is currently enrolled at Point for the spring semester.  He was a 2015 graduate of Dorman High School in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  Tobacco was a 3-star recruit and ranked as high as 187 in the nation and number three in South Carolina.


Coach Simpson commented on Patrick Tobacco, saying, "Patrick is amazingly gifted, and we are fortunate to have a player of his caliber here at Point.  We are working on training his mindset, grit, and focus to take his game to the next level.  I know he has it within him and cannot wait to see him start competing for the Skyhawks."