Blanchard Raves About Razorbacks

Denham Springs (LA) tailback Kaleb Blanchard (6-1, 210), who rushed for a school-record 1,799 yards as a sophomore but who played just four games as a junior due to injuries, talks about his visit to Arkansas last Saturday for the Razorbacks' Junior Day.

Kaleb Blanchard's injuries kept the Denham Springs (LA) tailback from having the kind of junior season he planned.

But those who saw Blanchard (6-0, 210) as a sophomore rush for a school-record 1,799 yards and 21 touchdowns (averaging nearly 10 yards a carry) already know his college potential.

"I had a shoulder injury and a hamstring injury so I only got to play the first four games of the season," Blanchard said. "I rushed for about 500 yards on around 40 carries, but I had to just shut it down and get healthy."

Blanchard – one of the prospects on hand at last Saturday's Arkansas Junior Day – has done just that.

"I am back out there 100 percent and running track right now," Blanchard said. "The hamstring's good, the shoulder's good and I am ready to roll."

Blanchard, who runs the 100 meters for his track team, has offers so far from Arkansas and Louisiana-Lafayette and interest from a host of other schools.

"I loved my visit to Arkansas," Blanchard said. "First off, the atmosphere is great and so are the facilities. They are right there on par with LSU and Tennessee and Arkansas is going to have even better ones when they get their new stuff built.

"The people are just really friendly as well and they have great coaches and players and the program is getting ready to compete for a national championship," Blanchard added.

Blanchard had a good visit with Arkansas running backs coach Tim Horton.

"Coach Tim Horton and I really hit it off," Blanchard said. "I felt very comfortable with him. He has already put a lot of backs in the NFL and has some more headed to the league soon. That makes a big impression on you."

Schools such as LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Oregon, Florida State, Kansas State and Notre Dame are among those showing interest.

"I am planning on going to Junior Day at LSU and also going to ones at Mississippi State, Tennessee, LSU and ULL," Blanchard said. "I consider myself wide open and just want to see all the options I have before making a final decision."

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