On the first day that coaches were
aloud to visit players' houses, Will Blackwell was the first to get a visit from
head coach Les Miles.
"I'm the first one they visited in
the state, I guess the first one overall," said Blackwell. "That's pretty cool.
They stayed for about 2 1/2 hours and talked with me and my parents. We talked
about everything from playing time to what I may be majoring
Along with the Tigers, Blackwell
also has his eye on Notre Dame and Florida. He has already taken an official
visit to Notre Dame and has plans to visit Florida in two weeks.
Blackwell has been to LSU on a
couple of unofficial visits this season, but said his official will be in three
weeks. He said there are a few important things he will be looking for in the
college he chooses to attend.
"Pretty much playing time and how
generally comfortable I feel in the system and at the school," said Blackwell.
"I'm looking to go somewhere I can just be productive. I like LSU because they
are offering early playing time and I really like their coaching
Blackwell said that at this point
he isn't considering proximity as a criterion for his decision.
"Not a factor right now," he said.
"I'm not looking to stay close to home right now. It may be a factor later in
the process, but at this point I'm so wide open, that I'm not even thinking
So, with three schools fighting
for his signature is there a leader?
"Everything is wide open," he
said. "I haven't really tried to narrow anything down at this point. I want to
take my official visits to the other schools and I'll just know it when I know
West Monroe defensive end Will Blackwell (6-4, 290, 5.0) must feel really special.
Les Miles spent over two hours in Blackwell's home.