Feb 5, 2014, 10:42 AM EST
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:
- Pregame Six Pack: Battling Louisville in Senior sendoff 0
- After unexplainable loss, can Irish rally again? 80
- And in that corner… The Louisville Cardinal 52
- The good, the bad, the ugly: Notre Dame vs. Northwestern 99
- Five things we learned: Northwestern 43, Notre Dame 40 232
- Pregame Six Pack: Wildcats in the winter 43