Colorado State is on the prowl for more offensive linemen this cycle, even with Sincere David, Kieran Firment and Scott Brooks already in the fold. The Rams' goal is to get bigger in the trenches, without sacrificing athleticism, technique or tenacity.
CSU's newest lineman offer fits that mold. John Blasco, Jr., a behemoth offensive tackle prospect from Tacoma (Wash.) Stadium High School, holds a Hawaii offer alongside CSU's. With Utah State, Montana, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, and Oregon showing interest in the 6-foot-6.5, 290-pounder, the Rams' offer is a big one for Blasco, Jr.
“Coach (Heath) Pulver (special teams graduate assistant) offered me, then (Head) Coach (Mike) Bobo called me to talk to me and my family about what their program's all about and everything,” Blasco, Jr. said. “He pretty much wished me luck in my next game, told me they liked me and said he hoped I was excited about the offer, which I definitely was.”
With that said, Blasco, Jr. admitted he is in no rush to make a commitment. That decision will come at some point after the season.
He will schedule official visits after the season, too, and while he is not sure of all the schools he will trip to, the Rams are sure to receive one.
“I'll definitely go on a visit and find out more about the school then. I might actually take a visit to a game instead of later on to Colorado State,” he said.
The Rams first expressed interest in Blasco, Jr. after seeing him perform well at a showcase in Portland this summer. A big, tenacious blocker, Blasco, Jr. plays left tackle for Stadium and said CSU is offering him to play tackle.
“They told me I was probably the most physically aggressive guy there and I competed a lot. They talked about how they look at some guys that don't really compete, you know? I'm the type of person who will fight for a rep. I'll jump to the front of the line to go against the best d-end. I try to play with an edge and at that camp, they said they saw that.”
How much interest does he have in the Rams?
“A lot. I think it's a great school. The facilities and everything are really intriguing and that's awesome to me. Mountain West football would be a good opportunity.”