When you are one of the South's
most sought after defensive tackle prospects like
Every year that happens to some prospects but you can rest assure that it will not happen to Blackwell (6-3, 298, 5.0).
"It's nice to have all of that attention but I'm not that big celebrity type of guy," said Blackwell, who earned Class 5A First Team All-State honors last year after he posted 80 tackles and eight sacks for the season.
"I like to lay low. I'm not going to try and glamorize myself because football is a team sport. That is just the way that I was raised."
It would be easy for Blackwell to get caught up in talking a lot about offers and the schools recruiting him as he estimates that he has picked up 15-20 offers from the likes of LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, and many others.
He has remained even keel since picking up his first offer from LSU at the end of his sophomore year but he knows the time is approaching where he has to start eliminating schools from consideration.
"I definitely want to start narrowing things down by the end of summer and my goal is to have a Top 5 by then," explained Blackwell. "It's hard to do but you have to narrow it down at some point."
When asked if there were any certain schools that had a good chance at making the cut, Blackwell replied, "Any of the SEC schools. Then you have Notre Dame."
LSU is one that figures to be in the mix until the very end for several reasons.
Blackwell's first scholarship offer came from LSU at the end of his sophomore year and he knows all about the program from the former West Monroe players who went on to play for the Tigers and the many trips he has made to Baton Rouge over the years.
Blackwell will take another trip to
"Coach (Stacey) Searels said he
wants me to come down and just hang out," said Blackwell. "They've already
offered and they know what I can do. I'm going to go and hang out and just talk
to the coaches. I've got a lot of friends from
Some feel that LSU's location gives the Tigers an advantage over the other schools but Blackwell is not putting too much into that premise.
"As for that, every single coach has asked if he can get me away from LSU," Blackwell said. "Most kids feel pressured to go to LSU but with me it's about doing what is best for me. What it boils down to with me is playing time and winning a national championship."
Another school that has an excellent chance of making Blackwell's initial cut is Notre Dame. He has always liked the Fighting Irish and they seemed to come out of nowhere with a scholarship offer.
"That was a kicker for me because I hadn't heard from them at all and they sent me an offer," he said. "It was just so random in a way and it happened in a way that I wasn't expecting."
Ole Miss head coach Ed Orgeron is very close to the Blackwell family and he has the Rebels but just like LSU's location will not give the Tigers an edge, the relationship with Orgeron will not be the reason he selects the Rebels.
"We have a great relationship with coach Orgeron but you can't go to a school based on the coaching staff alone," he said. "I'm close to the staff but in the end it's going to come down to playing time and championships."