Blackwell Getting Close to Searels

Will Blackwell

Will Blackwell is one of Louisiana's top defensive linemen and so far he has received close to 20 offers, too many to narrow down just yet. "I'm working on that (top five) right now," said Blackwell. "I should have one by the end of the summer."

 

Will Blackwell is one of Louisiana's top defensive linemen and so far he has received close to 20 offers, too many to narrow down just yet.

 

"I'm working on that (top five) right now," said Blackwell. "I should have one by the end of the summer."

 

The 6-4, 287-pound defender has received offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas A&M to name a few.

 

Last season, Scout.com's 13th ranked defensive tackle in the country recorded 80 tackles and eight sacks. He earned first team all-district, all-parish and all-state.

 

While Blackwell said he isn't a fan of one particular team in college football, he did say he has always carried an affinity for the SEC.

 

"I really like anybody in the SEC," said Blackwell. "I never had a big favorite, but I usually pull for one SEC team or another."

 

Blackwell said he is being recruited by LSU offensive line coach Satcey Searels and he talked with him yesterday.

 

"We were just text messaging each other about everything, not really football," said Blackwell. "He told me that Andrew Withworth was in town and that I should go talk to him. I caught up with him and we talked about Cincinnati and talked about how he was doing."

 

Blackwell said he likes Searels because he makes him feel comfortable.

 

"He is real personable," said the 4-star prospect. "He's pretty funny sometimes and he's somebody you can get along with well. I think over the past couple of months we've built a pretty good relationship."

 

Blackwell said he has been to the campus at Baton Rouge five times since February. He visited LSU back in June but did not participate in the camp. He said he has two more unofficial visits scheduled next week to Alabama and Tennessee and that should wrap up his summer tour before he reports for fall camp.

 

The Louisiana native said there are a few things he likes about LSU and that while playing soon is important, it won't make or break his decision.

 

"I like the way they win," said Blackwell. "They have state of the art facilities, a great coaching staff and a good atmosphere. Playing soon will matter a little, but as long as I play by my sophomore year I'll be okay. Playing time will always be a factor though."

 

LSU coaches told Blackwell there are two positions he may play, but that they will both be on the defensive line.

 

"They told me I'd either play defensive end or defensive tackle," he said. "It doesn't really matter to me. I just want to play defense."

 

Note** Blackwell said he has a 3.5 GPA and scored a 24 on his ACT. However, he said he plans to take it again in an attempt to score a 27 or 28.

 

 

 

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