Despite all the attention Will Blackwell (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is receiving through recruiting, he's trying to stay the same guy he was before all of the excitement. Last Friday was just your typical day for him as he got on the phone Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.
"I talked to coach Weis for about 10 or 15 minutes," Blackwell "They were in a staff meeting so they didn't have much time to talk. We talked a little football, we talked about my official visit and when I'm coming up, things like that, but nothing major."
Although Will spoke with coach Weis during his last call to Notre Dame, Blackwell is building a solid relationship with several Irish coaches.
"I talk to coach Haywood. He's a nice guy." Blackwell said of the Irish offensive coordinator. "We know some of the same people. He was coaching at LSU when one of our defensive coaches was down there.
"I've talked to coach Weis, coach Haywood, and coach Ianello. I haven't talked to coach Oliver. I haven't gotten the chance."
UCLA will be coming to South Bend on October 22, a time when South Bend can turn chilly for a visitor from Louisiana, but a game that late in the year doesn't concern Blackwell.
"I like the cold. A lot of people don't like it, but I like it when it's cold," he said. "[Weis] wants to get me up there because he knows when I come I'll know there whether I like it or not. I think I'll be up the week of the UCLA game. I'm excited about that. I can't wait to see what the campus is like."
That will be Blackwell's lone official visit during the season. He does plan to take all of his visits, but he will work them in later in the year.
"I'm going to try to wait until after my season to take most of my official visits," Blackwell explained. "More than likely I'll take one to LSU, but I'm not sure though. I've been down there so many times, and I'll be down there at least two more times this year, so I might just hold off on an official. I'm not sure yet.
"Florida offered. That's another school that's in the running. I might take an official visit there, but I haven't really decided.
"Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M, Auburn; I'm really looking anywhere in the SEC or down south," he added.
Like the Irish, Will and his West Monroe teammates hit the practice field today as they start to prepare for their first game of the year.
"We're getting ready, our first game is September 2nd against Longview high school (Texas)," Blackwell said. "It'll be good to get back out there."
As a junior, Blackwell had 80 tackles and eight sacks.