Third-year defensive end who the coaches hope will take a step forward this spring after a full offseason in the weight room... talented athlete who has been hampered by physical ailments... enters the spring as healthy as he has been since his arrival in Columbia.
2016: Second-year defensive end who played in nine games... made one tackle for loss against Mississippi State and had one tackle against Clemson... did not participate in spring drills while recovering from injuries sustained in an off-season incident.
2015: Played in two games, seeing action against UCF and Missouri... credited with one solo tackle and one assisted tackle, both coming against the Tigers... petitioned and received a medical redshirt.
HIGH SCHOOL: Talented defensive end who graduated from Bluffton (S.C.) High School in 2015... played for coach Ken Cribb and the Bobcats... missed half of his senior season with a knee injury... selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla... racked up 96 tackles, 18 for loss, five sacks and 15 hurries as a sophomore... considered a four-star prospect, the fifth-best player in the state and the 18th-best strongside defensive end in the country by Rivals... rated a four-star prospect, the 11th-best defensive end in the country and No. 120 overall by Scout... regarded as a four-star prospect, the second-best player in the state, the eighth-best weakside defensive end in the country and No. 119 overall by 247Sports... ranked as a four-star prospect, the fourth-best player in the state, the No. 18 defensive end and No. 203 overall by ESPN... had numerous offers from all over the Southeast, with Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia and LSU among his favorites.
PERSONAL: Shameik Micheal Blackshear was born July 9, 1997... is a hotel, restaurant, tourism management major.