When Manalapan High School (Englishtown, Nj.) receiver Saeed Blacknall first started hearing from colleges, things started very slowly. However, things have picked up for the four-star prospect since the beginning of the year. The 6-3 190 pound Blacknall is now one of the most sought after receivers in the nation after a junior season in which he caught 40 passes for 743 yards and 11 touchdowns. It's safe to say that the word is officially out on Blacknall as he has picked up offers and interest from schools all around the country. For now, Blacknall is just trying to soak everything in and enjoy the process.
"The whole recruiting process has been going well," Blacknall told TSD. "It's starting to get really crazy, but I'm just trying to enjoy it in any way that I can."
The most recent school to offer Blacknall was Notre Dame. While he doesn't know much about the school or the program, Blacknall explained that he is just starting to get acquainted with everything at this point.
"I really don't know too much about Notre Dame other than they played in the National Championship last year," said Blacknall. "I want to start getting to know the coaches and I need to go check them out. It's a pretty good school and I'm blessed to get an offer from them."
One school that offered Blacknall relatively early in the process was LSU. Since the offer, Blacknall has maintained regular contact with the LSU coaching staff, with one member coming to see the talented receiver in the near future.
"Coach [Adam] Henry is coming up to my school on Wednesday to see my track meet," said Blacknall. "Everything with them is excellent in terms of contact and the relationships. I call coach Henry once a week and then I also talk to coach [Les] Miles whenever I can catch him because he's really busy."
Blacknall had a chance to watch the LSU spring game that took place last weekend. From what he saw out of the revamped LSU offense, Blacknall explained that he came away impressed.
"I saw how the offense was running and how coach Henry was coaching the receivers," said Blacknall. "It looked different than last year with how much they were throwing with coach [Cam] Cameron there now. It was cool.
"That really intrigues me because they are known for running backs, but to see them open it up more really attracts receivers to the school. It was nice to see."
After visiting the LSU campus last month, Blacknall was very excited about what he was able to experience in Baton Rouge. With the LSU coaching staff has making Blacknall a priority for the 2014 class and his recent visit, he explained just how high his interest is in the Bayou Bengals.
"My interest in LSU is very very high," said Blacknall. "I'm very close to coach Henry and Coach Miles and I talk to them a lot. I have a great relationship with the coaches and I really enjoyed everything that I saw when I was on my visit down there last month. They are my favorite. I haven't put out anything official, but they have impressed me the most so far."
Having already been to the LSU campus once, Blacknall is already working out plans to be back in Louisiana over the summer when the camp circuit begins.
"I want to visit there for their camp in July," said Blacknall. "That is the only time I would be able to make it back down there. I really want to get back down there to see everything again. It's tough because the trip is out of my pocket, but I really want to get to see LSU in a different environment."
Aside from LSU, there have been numerous other schools that have entered the picture for Blacknall. With that said, Blacknall explained that he isn't sure whether or not other schools of interest could replace LSU at the top of his list.
"Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Michigan have really come into play recently," said Blacknall. "USC started showing me a lot of interest within the last few weeks. Alabama is also after me. I honestly wouldn't know if they could compete with LSU until I have seen everyone. I guess it might be possible for that to happen, but I couldn't really say right now."
Blacknall added that he hopes to use his summer to check out some schools other than LSU, such as Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. Blacknall explained that he is hoping to get all of his visits out of the way this summer so that he can make his final decision before his senior season.
"In my mind, I would like to make a decision before my senior season so that I can focus on high school," said Blacknall. "I hope it happens that way, but you never know."
The talented receiver wouldn't rule out the possibility of a commitment being made following his next visit to the LSU campus.
"I think it is possible," said Blacknall. "By then I would have seen everything and I would have a good idea of what everything looks like. I could definitely see myself pulling the trigger after my next visit to LSU."
LSU at the top for Blacknall
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