Robert Blanton, the 6-foot-1, 175 pound cornerback/safety from Matthews (N.C.), already has ten offers. He claims to have written offers from Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and his latest - Notre Dame. The Butler High School stand-out denies a favorite.
"I got my offer from Notre Dame three weeks ago," said "Big Daddy Rob" - Blanton's moniker. "My coach came and got me out of class and told me Coach (Charlie) Weis was waiting to meet me. I couldn't believe he came down just to see me. He asked me how I'd feel if I got an offer from Notre Dame. I told him it would be amazing, I would love to get an offer. Then he said 'okay you do.'
"He told me I'd have a chance to come in and start as a freshman…that he loved how aggressive I was and thought I was a 'complete player.' I'd been talking with Coach (Corwin) Brown quite a bit. I really liked how he talked and mapped things out. I haven't been to the campus yet. I think I'm going in April."
Blanton, who claims to have run a 4.37 forty within the last two weeks, said Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Colorado are also heavily recruiting him. "I've been in contact with them a lot, especially Florida. I've talked to Coach "Doc" (John Holliday) the most. I just got a text message from him a little while ago saying they were on their way to the White House celebration to meet the President. That was pretty cool.
"Michigan was my first offer," he said. "It was my sophomore year. I've been there two times. I attended their camp last summer and got to meet Coach (Lloyd) Carr and talk with him for a while. We went into his office and he showed me his custom-made putting green he has. I couldn't believe it. Then he told me I had the offer. That was great. I really like everything about Michigan. They have won more than any other team in college football…they dominate. I like that.
"Virginia Tech offered me early too. I went up for a visit two or three weeks ago. I really liked the campus. I talked with Coach (Frank) Beamer and Coach (Torrian) Gray. They took me to meet a business professor and show me around the business school. I was really happy about that since I want to major in business finance. I just liked how they ran things down there."
Growing up with a father in the military, Blanton claims distance will not be a factor in his decision. "I grew up in Portland and moved around a lot, so distance isn't a big deal to me," Blanton said. "I didn't really have a favorite team growing up; I just rooted mostly for the (Oregon) Ducks no matter where we were. I've gotten some letters from Oregon, but I really haven't talked to them that much. I don't think I want to go back there anyway.
"I want to narrow things down before the season starts," he said. "Right now, I just want to find out as much as I can about all the schools. I think this summer I'm going to take a lot of unofficials before I take my officials. That will help me get a good feel for the campuses and the atmosphere. Academics is really important to me. I want to go somewhere that I will be able to grow as a person and not just on the field.
When talking about his strengths, Blanton, who recorded 147 tackles, seven interceptions, four blocked kicks and two TDs his junior year, said, "I'm one of a kind…the best way I can be better, is to be better than myself. I'm great at reading and running the pass. I have a great reaction to running and passing. I don't let anything get by me. I don't know any weaknesses I have. I guess I want to work on my strength and speed for the next level."
Blanton claims to have a 3.0 core GPA and a 1090 SAT and is awaiting scores from his SAT retake on 3/17.