Notre Dame added a new defensive recruit to the growing ’14 recruiting class with the commitment of Texas defensive end – outside linebacker Grant Blankenship. The 6-foot-5 240-pounder had offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Washington and a dozen others.
From a profile perspective, Blankenship fits perfectly into the Irish scheme, with the height and length the Irish covet, and the ability to either play as an outside linebacker, or potentially grow his way into a true defensive end.
The Irish offered Blankenship a scholarship in early June, and the coveted edge player camped with the Irish. At the time, he told Rivals.com this about what the Irish coaches had in store for him:
“They see my athletic ability,” Blankenship told Rivals. “They want me to either be an end or be a plethora of what an end plays. I could be looking at playing a ‘Cat’ position. The ‘Cat’ is usually not as heavy and that’s what I would be playing freshman year hopefully. Once I get a little bit heavier so I could deal with the lineman I could be a solid defensive end.”
Pulling a talented player out of Texas is a nice win for co-defensive coordinator Kerry Cooks, who recruited Blankenship. It’s also an important addition at a position that will need reinforcements sooner than later.
Blankenship makes 14 recruits for the Irish, a solid base that’ll likely only add more defensive reinforcements.