Manalapan High School (Englishtown, Nj.) receiver Saeed Blacknall has seen his recruitment pick up even more steam than the already hectic process had just a few weeks ago. The 6-3 190 pound Blacknall – who caught 40 passes for 473 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012 – has seen some new coaching staffs make their presence known as the spring is coming to a close. Other than that, Blacknall explained that not much has changed with his recruitment.
"West Virginia came by my school and Ohio State was supposed to come by," Blacknall told TSD. "Notre Dame also came by recently. Everything is going great and I'm still building relationship with all of the coaches. It's just starting to get hectic."
Throughout the process Blacknall had been expecting an offer from the Crimson Tide of Alabama. While it took a while, the four-star pass catcher picked up that offer within the last couple of weeks.
"Alabama offered me last week or the week before that," said Blacknall. "It was very recent and it intrigued me a little bit. I was blessed and happy to get the offer. It just seemed like the timing was a little off because they came in kind of late, but it felt the same as the offer from LSU did."
The primary recruiter for Blacknall from LSU, receivers coach Adam Henry, recently made the trip up to New Jersey to watch the talented receiver in a track meet and also spoke with his high school coach.
"My coach got a chance a to talk to him," said Blacknall. "He just came up there to see my track meet and watch me run and things. My coach said he liked what he saw out of me."
According to Blacknall, Henry maintains regular contact with him and the two have been able to build quite a relationship.
"I'm always talking to coach Henry," said Blacknall. "He is the most important guy in my recruitment because he is the one that I will be spending the most time with. My relationship with him is great and it is something that would really make me comfortable if I decide to go that far from home."
Because of the relationship that he has been able to build with Henry, LSU has been at the top of Blacknall's list for quite a while. However, even though the Tigers are at the top of the list, Blacknall still has some schools that he would like to visit.
"LSU is still my favorite right now," said Blacknall. "I still haven't gotten to see any other places that I'm really considering. I have a couple of schools left to see and I want to go back to LSU, but they are definitely the favorite for me right now."
There are three schools that Blacknall hopes to check out before he makes a final decision and he explained that all of them are making a serious push in his recruitment.
"There's a couple of schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Alabama that are coming into play," said Blacknall. "They are starting to recruit me and I am starting to get to know them. I still have to visit those schools, but they are making a push."
LSU recently added junior college standout receiver D'haquille Williams to their 2014 recruiting class. There is always the possibility that the commitment of Williams could influence other LSU receiving targets to lock down a spot in the signing class, but Blacknall explained that this isn't the case for him.
"I'm not planning to push up my decision," said Blacknall. "I don't want to feel rushed and I don't want it to become one of those things where I feel pressured to commit because of someone else. I'm just going to take my time with it and if they want me bad enough, they will hold a spot for me."
Because he has several visits left to take, Blacknall is planning to make a commitment during the summer months after he has a chance to travel to LSU again.
"I am definitely planning to get back down to LSU this summer for a day or two," said Blacknall. "And who knows? I may commit that day when I'm on campus."
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