Juco OT Hearing From 'Cats

MANHATTAN, Kan. - With three starting offensive lineman scheduled to graduate after next season the Wildcat coaching staff will be looking to add a few quality offensive linemen to the next recruiting class. One the coaches are taking a close look at is junior college offensive tackle Dontavius Blair.

The 6-foot-7, 292-pound offensive tackle showed flashes of brilliance in his first season at Garden Cit (Kan.) Community College and has attracted 11 early offers.

"It was early February when I received Kansas State's offer," said Blair. "I spoke with the O-line coach. He said they all loved my highlights. He liked my size, leverage, and athletic ability. He told me about the senior situation on the line and that they wanted to bring in some players with experience. I like having that opportunity to go in and have the chance to play. I've never been there before so I'm hoping to learn more about the program. I'm wide open right now. Every school is still in the mix."

Blair was a starter all fours seasons on varsity at Anniston High School in Alabama. He had major interest from Division 1 colleges but failed to qualify and decided to go to Garden City for a new beginning.

"I was recruited [to Garden City] by Jeff Tatum, who coached at my old high school. Because of the connection I went to check it out and liked what I saw. I've upped my game here working with Coach Falaise, the offensive line coach. It's been a wonderful opportunity here for me to hone my skills and improve academically. I'm grateful to be here. I feel like I've made the most of it and I'll graduate in December with three years to play two."

Kansas State will face plenty competition from other top programs like Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State with new programs discovering his talent daily.

"Like I said I'm pretty much wide open right now," Blair reiterated. "I'll be looking to play for a really good offensive line coach with a reputation for putting players in the NFL . I'm also going to see how I connect with the current players and what the surroundings and facilities are like. I just want the chance to compete at the Division 1 level at a place that feels like home."

As a freshman, Blair worked his way into a starting left tackle role for the Broncbusters by mid-season. He said his goals for his sophomore season are to "stay focused and keep getting better."

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