Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the home of a talented 2014 football prospect. Cornerback Quin Blanding has 12 scholarship offers already.
"Virginia, NC State, UNC, Ohio State, Illinois, Vandy, ECU, Miami, Notre Dame, UConn, Purdue and Clemson have offered me. I don't have any favorites at this point."
The 6'-2", 185 pounder enjoyed an exceptional sophomore season.
"It was a good season. I had seven interceptions and nine touchdowns."
He has characteristics important in a defensive back.
"I can come up and make tackles from behind. And I believe I am a very vocal to my team, so good communication skills."
Blanding realizes he must improve his game for college.
"Sometimes I get caught looking in the backfield and rely too much on speed to catch up. I do well in all the technique things, but there is always room to improve."
Illini assistant coach Chris Beatty has made a strong early impression with Blanding.
"He's really cool and just a laid-back person. I like those type coaches, as long as they are serious when they need to be too."
He hopes to visit the UI campus in the near future. He plans on taking several summer visits, but nothing is confirmed.
"I haven't visited yet, but I look forward to doing so. When I get up there, I just want mainly want to see what the campus is like."
For such a young man, his priorities are in order regarding what he wants from a college.
"Academics. I want to get the highest education I can get."
Blanding's Bayside team had a successful 2011 season.
"My team went to the second round of the playoffs but ended up losing."
Despite his youth, he adapted readily to the high school game.
"I don't think there is any extra pressure. I just let it go and play the game I like to play." It sounds like he will have to play a major role as a junior.
"I think we are going to be okay. Just gotta keep leading them. I will have to be a big leader, but I still have my teammates who have my back. We all have to be leaders on the team to have a successful season."
Blanding is in no hurry to choose his college destination.
"The plan is to make a decision sometime during my senior season."