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Faxes In: Grant Blankenship

Feb 5, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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GRANT BLANKENSHIP
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: