Auburn Visit Next For DL Mike Blanc

A football recruiting report is featured on Deerfield Beach standout Mike Blanc.

Deerfield Beach, Fla.--Mike Blanc helped lead Deerfield Beach High to a spot in the Class 6A state championship game this past season, thanks to a strong performance on both sides of the ball.

"We came up short but that's how it goes," Blanc said. "I feel like I had a real good year, though. I had a real good game against St. Thomas. I went up against Sam Young and those guys. I was dominant in that game. I had a sack and five tackles.

"Their defensive end (Geno Atkins) didn't do anything against me. The University of Auburn was at the game and after that they offered me a full scholarship. Every time I sent that film out, the coaches like it."

Blanc, 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, has been keeping busy since the end of the season. He's played in one all-star game and is preparing for another. "I played in the North/South game and I did really good," he said. "I had a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery, four tackles, and I shared a sack. We've been practicing for the Dade/Broward game, which is Sunday at 7 p.m. CST."

Blanc, projected to be an academic qualifier, has been a varsity starter since his freshman year. "I just started playing football when I got to high school," he said. "I started the seventh game of my freshman year and I've been starting ever since. At first I played defensive end. Then as a sophomore I moved to tackle. The last two years I've been playing both ways."

The talented lineman considers himself a better defensive player right now but he's open to playing either side in college. "Most of the coaches like me better on defense," he said. "But I find playing offensive line real easy. Most defensive ends try to use quickness and I have enough to keep up with them. When they try to rip or spin or whatever, I'm always ready for it."

Blanc, who also competed in basketball and track up until this year, has taken two of his five recruiting visits. "I've been to Rutgers and Michigan State," he said. "I really enjoyed it at Rutgers. They have a lot of players from Florida and the coaches are real cool. From the head coach down to my position coach, they make you feel real welcome."

The talented lineman has a busy scheduled lined up for the rest of January. "This weekend I got Auburn," he said. "I really like my recruiting coach, Eddie Gran. He's real straight up with me. After that I got Arizona State. My head coach here and my recruiting coach there, Bill Miller, are good friends. He's been to my house and met my mom and everything. The last weekend, I'm in the process of setting something up with the University of Miami."

Blanc spoke more about his situation with the Hurricanes. "They just recently came into the picture," he said. "They're one of the top schools so I guess they can afford to do that. I talked to their defensive coordinator. I know with the coaches getting fired there recently things may be a little hectic for them. They wanna see more film. It's ready to be sent out. I'll send them the St. Thomas game because everyone seems to like that one.

"All of the schools I mentioned have offered me, except for Miami. If they like my film, they'll probably offer. I'm planning on going there on the 27th."

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