Visiting Rutgers tonight for the final basketball home game of the year, Blacknall spent the evening in Piscataway, N.J., to meet the new coaches and spend time with some of the players on the roster.
"This one was definitely different," Blacknall said. "I got to spend more personal time with everyone and meet the new coaching staff and they all introduced themselves to me and I talked to them a lot and we got to know each other about Rutgers and how I can fit in there."
Offensive coordinator Ron Prince, defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson and newly promoted Anthony Campanile and Matt Simon all spent time with Blacknall, who is emerging as one of the top overall prospects in the Northeast.
"We spoke on a lot more advanced stuff about where I fit in this program, what can I do in this program and everything like that," Blacknall said. "They gave me a good vision into what my future could be. I was pretty impressed."
Blacknall watched the game with Rutgers receivers Leonte Carroo and Miles Shuler. Shuler and Carroo are both former four-star receivers out of New Jersey and offered advice to Blacknall about the recruiting process.
From nearby Long Branch, Shuler and Blacknall have a relationship dating back more than two years.
"I've always known Miles because he's from close to where I'm from," Blacknall said. "I've trained with him before. He told me to try and take it slow because he was where I am when he was a junior and senior."
Blacknall plans to visit multiple southern schools during his spring break and said he is nowhere near a decision. Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Mississippi are all in line for unofficial visits, he said.
"I don't want to get to a point where it's too hectic and to a point where I want to just force something," Blacknall said. "I feel like I'll know when I'm ready to slow it down and make a decision and focus on my future."