Saeed Blacknall was all set to be the jewel of the 2014 Rutgers recruiting class, until James Franklin swooped in and stole the New Jersey product for himself, completing the 2014 receiving trio of Blacknall, Chris Godwin and De'Andre Thompkins (Troy Apke was also a receiver, but has since switched to safety).
Blacknall got a good amount of run as a true freshman, appearing in nine games last season for the Nittany Lions. He accumulated a total of ten receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. His breakout game came when the Buckeyes visited State College. Blacknall caught four passes for 34 yards and a beautiful, one-handed touchdown grab while having his jersey ripped off his body by Ohio State corner, Eli Apple.
This season, expect to see even more of Blacknall. He appears to be one of the top options for the Z receiver role in the Penn State offense, so he should find himself plenty of playing time. He's the tallest viable option in the receiving corps outside of freshmen Irvin Charles and Juwan Johnson, which will give the staff plenty of reason to put him out there on goal line sets.
13 days, people. 13 days.