Colten Blanton is one of the most heavily recruited offensive lineman in the country in the 2018 class. The Scout 300 tackle has already picked up offers from the likes of: Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. The offer list continues to increase and in this last week one more suitor came to call, Florida.
"It really means a lot to pick up an offer from an elite school like Florida," said the Cypress Ranch standout.
According to Blanton, the program's reputation is well known nationally, however, he still needs to learn a few things before fully evaluating his new scholarship offer.
"I know a little bit about it [Florida]," he said. "But not much really."
Both offensive line coach Mike Summers and head coach Jim McElwain have been in talks with the four-star prospect, however, they are not the only ones to speak with the highly touted lineman from Texas.
"I'm talking to Ohio State, Oklahoma, Clemson, and Texas A&M the most right now."
Scout ranks Blanton as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. He's No. 167 overall in the 2018 Scout 300, and No. 18 nationally among junior offensive tackles.
Blanton's high school team boasts a perfect record, and he admits he is not focused on recruiting right now.
"We really grew as a team its like we are all brothers. We have really also bought into the process. The team is like no others I've been on," he said. "I do not have any visits lined up for the football season due to practice and everything."
But when the time comes for Blanton to start taking trips to acquaint himself with the programs that have offered, he will be looking for a few things.
"I'm looking for a family, a place that feels like home, a good education that can get me a good job, and a place that makes me grow as a man."
According to Scout Analyst, Greg Powers, Blanton's future is bright. "Blanton still has some physical development in front of him, but he is the prototype-style of offensive tackle on the high school level and he does look to appear to have very bright future ahead of him," said Powers. "Drive-blocking is a strength of Blanton's, and his frame potential and arm length suggest he possesses a high ceiling as a pass-blocker."
"I'm still working on all of my game," added Blanton. "I'm never satisfied with my game...always something to improve on."
Blanton was laser-timed at 4.95 in the 40 at the Nike's The Opening in Houston in April.