Blankenship has Spotlight on The Colony

Grant Blankenship

Scout.com caught up with talented The Colony (Texas) DE Grant Blankenship, who now has a double digit offer list…

Grant Blankenship, a 6-foot-5, 235-pounder from The Colony (Texas) High, has the size, frame, and ability that college coaches are looking for in a defensive end prospect.

"My agility and the way I can bend," Blankenship answered when asked about his strengths on the field, which have colleges taking note.

"I have a lot of room to grow and just get faster and bigger. Hopefully I can become just that unique college player over the next couple of years and get that national spotlight."

Schools like Baylor, Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Oregon State, TCU, SMU, and Texas Tech are some of the programs to offer and jump in the fray for his signature.

It is still pretty early in the process, but Blankenship has been looking in to the programs that are recruiting him and likes some things he sees.

"You really just get to dissect each and every team and see where you really want to go," Blankenship said. "And the more schools the better obviously, to just get more types of schools and a better variety of schools (to choose from)."

"Baylor is really sticking out and Ole Miss, especially with that recruiting class that is coming in, so Ole Miss is really sticking out too" continued Blankenship, who pointed out there are other big-time schools showing interest in him that have not yet offered.

"I really like the Oregon coaches and I like to talk to them about how fast that they play. They are coming out here in May and that is a big deal for me. I like Oklahoma. It is just a football school with one of the best backgrounds in the country, for championships."

Texas Tech made an impression by extending him an "on the spot" offer after seeing him in person during an unofficial visit to Lubbock and he also noticed that TCU coach Gary Patterson was walking the halls of his high school.

"It was really surprising at first," Blankenship said of Patterson's visit to his school. "I did not expect him to come through here, but it was nice to see him come out here in person."

Blankenship is looking to add some more major offers throughout the course of the spring and the summer, as schools are scheduled to stop in and evaluate him during spring ball and he will also go and compete for an offer at the Notre Dame summer prospect camp.

"Hopefully over the next couple of months I start to pull in some bigger names (offers in addition to the ones he has already received)," Grant informed. "Like Arkansas. I have been talking to Arkansas. I want to pull in Oregon and OU. Hopefully I get an edge for big schools and more schools will come out and offer, and hopefully that will be happening over the next couple of months."

"My family loves Notre Dame, so we kind of have an Irish background. We are going to Illinois over the summer, so I am actually going to make it to the summer camp in June and hopefully meet the coaches. Hopefully when they see me, see how big I am in person and see how I move on the field, that they offer me on the spot."

With potential new offers flying in from all directions it may be a few months before Blankenship starts to dive in and narrow down his favorites list.

For now he is keeping all of his options open.

He will be one of the 300+ attendees at the Nike Football Training Camp held at Allen (Texas) High on Sunday.

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