If you're on the lookout for an offensive lineman in the state that could start to rise up the charts look no further than Cole Blankenship.
Blankenship is a 6-4, 290-pound do-it-all offensive lineman from Mocksville (NC) Davie County and while he doesn't have any offers yet he told Pack Pride over the weekend that he has received interest in some form from every school in the ACC. He has also been contacted by Alabama and Ole Miss.
He's a physically impressive prospect, claiming a 40-yard personal best of 4.89 seconds, a bench max of 390 pounds and a squat max of 565. On top of all that he plays center, guard and tackle for Davie County, meaning coaches in college could plug him in at just about any spot when he's ready to contribute.
Most schools seem to be looking at Blankenship as a center because of his experience at the position. NC State was happy to host him as one of the visitors at their junior day recently. He quickly had a chance to speak with head coach Tom O'Brien.
"When we first got there they pulled me aside and took me up to see Coach O'Brien," he said. "I talked to him for a little bit and he just told me about the program. He talked about the stuff he was planning on doing with the program and what his plan is for future seasons.
"Overall it was really good. I enjoyed it a lot. We checked out the weight room and the facilities and had a really good time. I really like the weight room and the strength coach they just hired."
Though he's a resident of North Carolina, Blankenship actually grew up cheering for another program. It's understandable when you find out where he's from.
"I grew up in West Virginia so I've always been a big WVU fan," he said.
West Virginia is one of the other schools Blankenship has visited. He has also been to Virginia Tech, Virginia, Duke and Wake Forest. Blankenship said Duke has shown the most interest so far but he noted that, "I liked NC State a lot better."
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