Saeed Blacknall is becoming one of the hottest prospects in the entire country. The wide receiver from Manalapan (N.J.) already has offers from Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, California and many others but he picked up two more big time offers this week.
"Clemson offered me earlier this week," said the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Blacknall. "It was so relieving because I've been talking with the coach for a long time and I was just waiting for them to evaluate my film and basically get a chance to take a closer look at me. They finally got the staff together and watched the film. I don't know too much about them right now.
"The LSU staff contacted my coach yesterday," he said. "I'm just starting to learn about the tradition and background but I don't know much else about them. I know they are a great program with a lot of history. You can consider them the face of college football along with some others."
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The Rivals250 receiver will have a lot to think about when decision time comes.
"Before I start ranking any of these colleges, I have to go see the school that way I could tell you if I like one school more than the others," Blacknall said. "Those big time programs speak for themselves though. Clemson is up there with Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, Wisconsin and Rutgers. They're all great programs."
Though Blacknall says no school has separated themselves from the pack, there are some schools that are recruiting him more than others.
"Ohio State and Florida State are starting to recruit me harder and I'm always in contact with Georgia Tech but I'd definitely say Rutgers is coming after me the hardest because that's my local, hometown college," he said. "I was at the Rutgers game when they played Marquette. They lost but it was a close game. I think that was my fifth or sixth time going to Rutgers. It's really close to where I live and I can go whenever I want and hang out with the coaches."
Blacknall has a pretty good idea of when he wants to announce his choice.
"Mid football season is when I'm going to make my decision," said Blacknall. "I feel like I'll be comfortable and have enough confidence in my choice. Right now, I'm just trying to take it slow because who knows how many I'll end up with and that could make the process even more hectic. Eventually, I'll make cuts but I'm not sure how soon that will be because it's really early for me."
The rest of the offseason will be a busy time for Blacknall.
"There are so many schools I want to visit this offseason that it's going to be hard for my family and me to fit some camps in," he said.
Last season, Blacknall helped Manalapan to an 11-1 record.