Starting to Stick

Blake Blackwell has no shortage of nicknames given to him by his teammates. From 'the glue man' to 'mission: impossible,' Blackwell's game has shown that all of those handles fit him like a glove.

MADISON – It's fitting that the school Blake Blackwell plays for has the nickname the ‘Technicians.' The way the 6-foot-1, 198-pound receiver runs his routes for Detroit Cass Tech and goes about his business in the weight room, nothing short of perfection is acceptable for Blackwell.

Having started playing football as an offensive lineman, Blackwell grabbed 15 catches, 127 yards, three touchdowns on offense and one on defense as a sophomore causing schools like Ball State, Iowa, Minnesota, Syracuse, Toledo, UCLA and Wisconsin.

Blackwell would love to stay in the Big Ten since it's close to home, but his coach has handled most of the leg work.

"Coach handles all the visits to schools and usually has them be team visits" Blackwell told Badger Nation. "We've been working together during the process."

Blackwell feels that makes him stand out over other recruits at his position is that he is a flexible type of player or a coaches type of player. He does what is asked of him and makes sure it gets done.

In general, Blackwell is looking for the same qualities in a school that most recruits are looking for.

"I'm looking for a school that has a nice campus overall and the training facilities are in top order," said Blackwell.

Looking back at this previous season, Blackwell felt that he can perform better then he did. This offseason, Blackwell has been working hard to make sure that he improves from last season.

"I'm working out every day, swimming and running," said Blackwell. "On the field I'm working on breaking out of my routes quicker."

Blackwell feels that as a player, his toughness among various other qualities is what makes him stand out from everyone else.

"I'm loyal, I do what I'm told, strong willed, and I'm willing to make the tough plays," said Blackwell.

Blackwell likes Wisconsin and its program in general and it's close to home. Developing a relationship with Receivers Coach DelVaughn Alexander, Blackwell is leaning toward what the Badgers have to offer.

"If they offer, it would be hard to turn them down," Blackwell said.

Blackwell stated that he would go there if he were offered. Blackwell says that he would bring certain qualities to them team that would both on and off the field.

"I would bring a sense of leadership, determination and intelligence and would be willing to help teammates improve on the field and in the classroom" said Blackwell.

Two-a-days will be starting soon for him along with football camps and a big 7-on-7 tournament at Wayne State. Blackwell plans to make a decision after football season is over.

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