Blackwell back on the recruiting trail

After a welcomed break from the business of recruiting, West Monroe standout tackle Will Blackwell is gearing up to get back to business in trying to find where he will continue his football career.

Blackwell has previously made it public that his search is narrowed down to LSU, Florida and Notre Dame, and says that it has not changed since.


"All three of those are great schools," He said. "They all have the ability to win National Championships, and they are all places I could get some playing time. They're still even for me. Each has its own special attributes."


With recruiting now open again with the closing of bowl season, Blackwell is anticipating a visit from the Urban Meyer and others from the Florida coaching staff some time next week.


Even more important on his list of recruiting activities is his impending visit to LSU, he says.


"I've been able to talk to coach Searles and coach Miles since the Sugar Bowl," Blackwell said. They're great. I'm looking forward to my visit to LSU."


Blackwell has already taken official visits to both Notre Dame and Florida, and will be in Baton Rouge checking out the Tigers officially this weekend.


"I just want to get to know the guys on the team and the coaches a little better," he said. "After this visit, I could be ready to announce where I'm going."


He said that the trip this weekend could fill in the missing pieces to his puzzle, as it would be the last official visit to one of his top schools.


"I might be able to make a public decision after the weekend. I will talk it over with my family and friends and everyone and we will all decide what's best to do."


When asked if Florida's National Championship victory could play a factor, Blackwell said that it is something that gets noticed, but it won't be a deciding factor.


"Anytime you have a big BCS win like Florida or LSU did, you're going to look at them a little harder," he said. "It would be the deciding factor, though. Team chemistry is a huge thing."


Speaking of team chemistry, how does Blackwell stand with the recent commitment of his current teammate Luther Davis to the Tigers?


"Luther and I are real close," he said. "You have to be playing on the same side of the ball for four years. We have talked about going to the same school, but decided we would each just make our own decision."


Another factor that surrounds many recruits in the south is that of Alabama's new head coach, Nick Saban. Here is what Blackwell had to say about the new leader of the Tide:


"Alabama was talking to me a little bit earlier in the recruiting process, but I've kind of gotten away from them. When you hear about Nick Saban, it's going to spark some interest."


"I could still take a visit there. They've called me recently, but I've missed the calls and haven't gotten back to them yet."

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