Tuesday, June 26, 2007

2007 Recruiting - Will Blackwell

Meet Will Blackwell, 6'4", 296#, Defensive Tackle from West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana. He is a 4-star defensive tackle from probably the most important LSU pipeline school, West Monroe High. He was a teammate and linemate of the infamous Luther Davis, but was never painted with the same brush as Luther.

Blackwell chose LSU over Notre Dame, and it was certainly touch-and-go for a while. Word is that he made his decision to stay at home during the Sugar Bowl. I don't know how true that is though.

Will Blackwell is part of an awesome defensive line recruiting class that includes Joseph Barksdale, Drake Nevis, Sidell Corley, and Kentravis Aubrey, all of whom have the potential to be All-SEC calibre players in the future. This is not to say that all of them will, because not every recruit meets their potential. In fact, it's mathematically impossible for all of them to be All-SEC because there are five of them, and only 4 All-SEC slots.

Which brings up an issue. Some say that Will Blackwell, while he is a very good defensive tackle prospect, is an even better offensive tackle prospect because of his long arms, quick feet, and athleticism. In fact, even Luther Davis, upon committing to Bama, said that he was eventually going to line up against Blackwell who was destined to be moved to the offensive line.

It is certainly true that quick feet, 300+ pounds, long arms, and good athleticism is the basic recipe of a great offensive tackle. It is also certainly true that LSU is in great need of good offensive tackles, as two of our backups have been kicked off the team. For all the talk of how much the Perrilloux situation hurts the QB depth, the OT depth is in perhaps even more dire straits, and Blackwell could probably get immediate significant playing time at offensive tackle, while he would be stuck behind a LOT of talent at defensive tackle and would have little chance of being a significant contributor in the next two years while he sits behind Dorsey, Favorite, Alexander, and Woods, plus he'd have to compete with Barksdale and Nevis to be part of the next generation.

I think all signs point to Blackwell going to the offensive side of the line, and sooner rather than later.


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