Coty Blanchard and Desmond Brown, Scout.com three-star athletes from Centre-Cherokee County, Ala.,…
Coty Blanchard continues winning streak
"We went undefeated down at the 7-on-7 tournament at Alabama," said Coty Blanchard's father, Fran Blanchard. "We played a Georgia team that was stacked with players." "We played a team from Florida that had several of the same players on the team that defeated us in the championship in Tampa." "We then beat a team from Mississippi in the finals that had Brett Favre's nephew [Dylan Favre] as the quarterback." Blanchard's performance in Tuscaloosa brought a one-on-one meeting with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Coty threw the ball really well out there," Blanchard said. "Coach Saban called him up to his office after it was over. Coach [Jim] McElwain had been with us all day." "Coach Saban was telling Coty that he reminded him so much of himself. He said he was a two-sport star that just loves to play the game." "He told Coty that he hears about him all the time from the coaching staff. He told Coty that he couldn't pinpoint that he had whatever "It" is, but that Coty had it." "He told him he is a winner. Coach Saban told him he fit in at Alabama. He told Coty they were going to take another quarterback, but it necessarily would not be him." "He told Coty that they may take him for another position. They are just going to see how everything shakes out." "The coaches are great down there and very honest with us. It's a great feeling every time we go down there that the coaches are waiting to see us. Alabama is showing respect to us. That's Alabama football. It's a different animal." "Coty really loved it down there this weekend. You can go down there with your teammates and compete. It's always fun." "Just like down in Tampa. The Georgia team that we played ran their mouth a little bit. We ran a couple wheel routes on them and beat deep. Gabriel [Chambers] and D.J. [Fife] were phenomenal." The Blachard family left Tuscaloosa and traveled to Starkville. The Bulldogs have offered a scholarship in baseball. "We went back to Mississippi State on Father's Day," said Blanchard. "My wife wanted to see the campus. I know for coach [John] Cohen to offer Coty a scholarship to play baseball at Mississippi State is going to be pretty hard to turn down." "I wish more could have been done by Alabama. They are saying they are going to let things shake out. It excited Coty more about the opportunity to play football at the next level." "He was almost just ready to play baseball. His longevity may be more with baseball. Coach [Butch] Thompson told him he has the body and the skills to go to the next level. It really opens your eyes." Cherokee County hopes to keep the winning streak alive as they travel to Oxford High School later this week to participate in a 7-on-7 camp.
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