Garrett Stepien / Scarlet Report

Spotlight 2018: Manalapan WR Symir Blacknall

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver Symir Blacknall nears the end of a pivotal junior season at Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan High, his interest is on the rise with a handful of Big Ten schools.

The Blacknall last name is a familiar one on the football recruiting trail.

In the class of 2014, Saeed Blacknall was the No. 13 wide receiver in the country and the No. 69 prospect in the Scout 300.

Now his brother is in the thick of the recruiting process.

Symir Blacknall is a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver out of Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan High with interest from a handful of Big Ten schools and one independent program.

I’ve been getting letters, and coaches reach out to me,” Blacknall said.

Blacknall said he hears from Navy, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers.

While he has yet to receive an offer, the messages from the recruiting coordinators and receivers coaches are simple.

They just want me to come to their school,” Blacknall said.

Blacknall visited Rutgers Sept. 17 during the Scarlet Knights’ 38-27 win over New Mexico. He became acquainted with the Rutgers staff over the summer when he attended two camps in June — the Tri-State Showcase in Madison, N.J., and another on the Piscataway, N.J., campus.

He returned to Rutgers when Manalapan played Piscataway High in a tripleheader showcase Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.

Does the proximity to home have appeal?

It does,” Blacknall said. “I can stay close to home with my family.”

Blacknall camped regionally at Maryland and Penn State in the summer. His most recent trip came Oct. 22 in University Park, Pa., when he watched his brother and the Nittany Lions upset then-No. 2 Ohio State, 24-21.

I’ve been out to Penn State,” Blacknall said. “I actually went out to the Ohio State game. That was crazy.”

Blacknall does not have any other visits lined up as of now. A two-way player for Manalapan as a cornerback on the defensive side of the ball, Blacknall said schools recruit him on the offensive side of the ball at wide receiver.

At first, (college coaches) see me as a receiver,” he said. “When I went to all their camps, I was a receiver. But to help my (high school) team, I’ll more so be a corner.”

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