Blank Shooting for Iowa

Recruiting is picking up for athletic tight end Calvin Blank. The 2013 Class prospect from Indiana added another offer this week and is heading out to camps this summer in hopes of picking up more. He's already set up stops at Iowa and Northwestern.

Calvin Blank has researched colleges that utilize the tight end. That led him to send his highlight tape to Iowa, a school that often employs two players at that position in its offense. The Hawkeyes have sent most of their athletes at that spot to the NFL in the last decade plus.

"Coach (Eric) Johnson responded back and had me call him," said Blank, a member of the 2013 Class said. "I called him and we've been talking a little bit now.

"He said that I'm high on their board. They just want to see me run, catch balls and block."

Blank has scheduled a camp stop at Iowa for June 11. He said he'd be at Northwestern on the 8th.

Blank reports scholarship offers from Northern Illinois, Ball State and Bowling Green, who came forward with its opportunity on Tuesday.

"(Recruiting is) really starting to pick up," the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder from Terre Haute (IN) North Vigo High said. "Big Ten schools are stopping in to see me. They want to see me at camp and perform like I know I can."

Blank reports that Minnesota, Purdue, Indiana, Illinois, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ball State, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Tennessee all stopped by his high school this spring. He visited Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Ball State.

Blank said he flexes out in his high school offense 60-70 percent of the time. He feels college coaches want to watch him show more traditional tight end skills in camp.

"I think they want to see me put my hand in the dirt and block more," Blank said. "And, they obviously want to see me run a 40."

Blank said that he runs the 40 in the mid-to-high 4.7s.

"I would like to go to camps and show them that I'm a big-time player," he said. "I'd like to get some more offers and make my decision some time in early July."

Blank is looking to study Economics in college.

"I like working with numbers and applying the social aspect to money and how that affects the market," he said. "I'm kind of a nerd in that aspect."


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