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:
- The good, bad and ugly: Notre Dame vs. Rice 30
- Five things we learned: Notre Dame 48, Rice 17 105
- Pregame Six Pack: At long last, the season begins 26
- And in that corner… The Rice Owls 8
- Kelly names Collinsworth, Day, Martin and McDaniel captains 40
- Setting the bar: Expectations for the 2014 Irish 93