It appears that defensive end Grant Blankenship will continue his college football career at Oklahoma where he has enrolled, Sooners Illustrated reported. The rising junior defensive end will sit out the 2016 season, and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Blankenship’s status with the Notre Dame program has long been in rocky waters. He was suspended during the spring for a violation of team rules and his status was still unclear through summer school.
While his name was on the roster released by the Irish program as they opened camp, head coach Brian Kelly acknowledged that Blankenship was transferring and the team has been without the defensive end at Culver Academies.
At Oklahoma, Blankenship will be reunited with area recruiter Kerry Cooks. It was Cooks who helped land Blankenship out of The Colony High School in Texas, a four-star prospect who profiled as a 3-4 defensive end more so than an edge player in Brian VanGorder’s system.
Blankenship played sparingly as a sophomore after playing in 11 of the Irish’s 13 games as a freshman.