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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Top programs offer WR Saeed Blacknall

By Jared Shanker

It was a big day for Manalapan (N.J.) receiver Saeed Blacknall, as he added two offers from programs that went a combined 24-2 in 2012.

The junior receiver landed an offer from Ohio State on Wednesday, and just moments after that Florida State came through with a scholarship.

The Buckeyes have been recruiting Blacknall since November, and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer visited the 6-foot-3, 200-pound receiver’s school in December. On Wednesday, Blacknall spoke with Buckeyes recruiter Ed Warriner, who was the one to offer.

“I called and he gave me the talk about how I’d fit in with the program and what I can do after football and said I’d be a good fit for Ohio State,” Blacknall said.

The Florida State offer was a little different, as Blacknall never heard from the Seminoles coaches. He got a message to call Noles receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey shortly after hanging up with Warriner.

When Dawsey said Blacknall had an offer from Florida State despite the limited contact, Blacknall said he was “shocked” and “didn’t think it’d work like that.”

“He said, ‘I like everything you’re doing, love your speed’ and I’m on the phone like, ‘How does Florida State even know about me?’ in my head,” Blacknall said joking. “It was really cool and he sounds like a cool guy. I already feel me clicking with the staff already.”

Blacknall does not know much about the Noles, but he has seen Florida State several times on TV. He is a fan of former quarterback EJ Manuel and the receivers the program has produced historically.

“It’s a wide receiver magnet school there,” he said. “It hasn’t even hit me yet. I’m still like, ‘Wow, I can go to this school one day.’ ”

Ohio State’s offer was more of a “relief,” Blacknall said. He was itching for that offer to officially come, and he plans to visit during the spring or summer.

“I’m pumped and love Coach Meyer and what he’s doing with the program,” Blacknall said.

Florida State and Ohio State are high on Blacknall’s list, but he said he is not ready to rank or order his schools yet. Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh and Rutgers have also offered Blacknall, but he has only seen a few of those schools. Following his visits, Blacknall said he will have a clearer picture of his favorites.