He got the chance to take his official this weekend and spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com about how it went.
"It was great!", said Blanton. "Everything was just great from start to finish. I arrived on Saturday morning, and we had brunch, and then spent time with other recruits in for visits. Jason Reese was my host, and he and I have been talking since I committed to Missouri, so it was great to hang out with him. We spent the day talking with business school people and checking out the academic side of things. Then at night after dinner we went bowling together and then hung out at Evan Boehm's house."
Blanton said that a couple of things really stood out to him on his visit.
"I loved getting to be around the players and coaches, because everyone is a family there. All the players are like each others big brother and look out for and care about each other. It's a real family atmosphere," he said.
And the other thing?
"I really liked getting to talk with Coach Pinkel. I sat down with my family and we talked to him for a long time. He is such a good person and cares about his players. We talked mostly about life and academics. He spoke with my parents about how the majority of the student athletes there graduate. That's important to us all."
Blanton, who is down to 242 pounds from basketball season after playing at 250 pounds during football season, said that the Tiger coaches laid out how they saw his future once he arrives at Missouri.
"Coach Henson said that he see's me as a traditional tight end. That I will be attached most of the time, and used in the passing game along with blocking. They will get me bigger, stronger and faster working with Coach Ivey, who is the real deal, and put more weight on me in no time after basketball season. I know I spoke with Kony Ealy when I was there, and he told me how he was 205 pounds when he arrived at Mizzou. The coaches also said to just keep working on my blocking and that I will see the field when I am ready."
Blanton is excited and looking forward to arriving next June to get started with the program.
"I can't wait to get there and get going. I am really looking forward to it. I am going to come in and work hard and so whatever is needed to get bigger,stronger,faster and help my team win. Go Tigers!," he said with a laugh.
The big TE prospect has great hands and runs like a much smaller receiver. He will provide a big target (especially in the red zone) at 6'7" and could play in the 260-pound range at Mizzou.