April 12, 2006

Blackwell gets northern exposure

West Monroe, La., defensive tackle Will Blackwell has received plenty of attention and scholarship offers from several schools. But until recently, that exposure had been coming from schools in the south. Notre Dame broke that trend about a week ago when the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder received a scholarship offer from the Irish.

"About two weeks ago [the ND offer] came in the mail," he said. "They had been sending some things but it was a shock to get the offer. Being from here, LSU is the only big school, so it's an honor. It makes me feel like my name is getting out there."

Blackwell now has offers from Notre Dame, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and several others. He said Notre Dame ranks near the top of his list.

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