Feb 5, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT
The Colony (The Colony, TX)
Measurables: 6-6, 264
Accolades: Top 100 prospect per Scout.com, Rivals 3-Star, Texas District 9-4A defensive MVP, Waco Tribune Top 100, Dallas Morning News Top 100
Impressive Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma, Texas
Projected Position: Defensive End
Quick Take: They don’t make them much bigger than Blankeship, who keeps growing. The type of body and rugged player that fits perfectly as a 3-4 defensive end, Blankenship has enough athleticism to play effectively as a pass rusher or run stopper.
Likely a developmental player that’ll spend the year adding a coat of armor, Blankenship was an early target by Notre Dame, a match made in heaven for a kid and family that grew up cheering for the Irish.
What he means to Irish: Blankenship adds depth at a defensive end position with a lot of question marks. He’s a comparable prospect to Chase Hounshell, though we haven’t seen what that means with Hounshell’s career slowed by multiple shoulder surgeries.
Obligatory YouTube highlight clip: Here’s Blankenship’s UND.com Signing Day video:
- Running back Tony Jones Jr. commits to Irish 36
- Irish open spring: Five quick updates from BK 44
- Tracking fifth-year spots and the bumpy road to 85 scholarships 41
- Great on paper, rebuilt staff needs to hit the ground running 15
- Matt Hegarty will transfer for fifth year 31
- Spring solutions: Offensive Line 64