"Georgia has a great tradition even going back to guys like Billy Bennett with the scoring record," Blankenship said. "I am hoping that I can continue that tradition there. The recruiting started with me back in 7th grade. That summer I went to the UGA kicking camp. I must have been really impressive because they paid a lot of attention to me. I guess it was just a matter of them seeing if I could continue the progression I was making at the time. I started in 4th grade. By the time I was in 7th grade I was so far ahead of everyone else that was older than me. I just wanted to be the best I could possibly be.”
In Athens that will involve a redshirt season, Blankenship said. He plans to enroll in 2015 and watch Marshall Morgan’s final season at Georgia from the sideline.
I am going to be a preferred walk-on for the first year, but they are going to be a redshirt me,” he said.” After that I will take over the scholarship. We talked about that the summer before my junior year. Coach Richt took me too his office then. He told me that he was considering putting me on scholarship, but in the last three or for months he decided not to do that. Coach Richt talked with me about it, and explained to me about it. Coach Lilly did as well. Even as a preferred walk-on - life is going to be pretty much the same. I will still have to travel with the team. Everything will be the same, but my parents will be paying what the Hope scholarship doesn’t.
Blankenship said the plan with Georgia best fits his needs as a player.
“I just want to go there,” he said. “It is one of the few schools where I would get to redshirt that first year and learn everything. I will have a chance to get into the weight room and get bigger and stronger.”