Blasingame Reflects on Gopher Offer

Alabama defensive back Khari Blasingame recaps his Minnesota offer, the relationships building and his plans for the rest of the summer

Minnesota is searching for defensive playmakers in their secondary and discovered one in New Market (AL.) Buckhorn safety Khari Blasingame. It didn't take too long for the Gophers to pull the trigger on a offer and the stud defensive back talks about offer.

"I got the offer from Coach Kill," Blasingame told GopherDigest. "He called me during spring practice and he told me that I had gotten a offer. It was great and it felt good getting an offer from Minnesota because it was my first offer and it is Big Ten ball. It was just a very exciting time for me."

Relationships are a huge part in recruiting and defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel understands that by bonding with Blasingame as well Gopher quarterback commit, Dimonic McKinzy.

"I like Coach Sawvel a lot," said Blasingame. "He is a really cool guy and I have a pretty good relationship with him. The education up there is really good and what they are doing is building a pretty good program."

"Dimonic talks to me and he talks to me about how he likes Minnesota. We talk about other things, but we are friends and he is a real cool guy. We talk every now and then, but he does respect me for letting me do what I got to do in terms of a decision and I respect him for that. Still, he is a Gopher, so he puts in a good word for them."

The 6-1, 200 safety holds offers from UAB, South Alabama, Middle Tennessee State and now Minnesota, but remains open and looks forward to what ahead for the rest of the summer.

"My recruitment is going good," said Blasingame. "I got offers and I am hearing from other various schools, but I got no leaders or top list right now. I haven't really sat down and laid everything out and thought about it. I do know distance and weather will not be a factor. You can always buy jackets and catch a plane."

"My camp schedule is almost over, but I got two more camps in July with them being to Ole Miss and Georgia Tech. As far as visits, I don't really have anything planned because I want to focus on the season and working out with the team and getting better."

Blasingame is preparing once his summer comes to a close on camps to shift his attention back over to his game and describes what a scout in the stands would see from him.

"I play smart and I feel like if I got an advantage, then it is going to be above the neck," said Blasingame. "I think I got pretty good feet and instincts. I make a lot of plays and try to be a leader out there."

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