Scout Rating: ***
Scout Ranking: #22 C
Size: 6-2, 275 pounds
Hometown: Mocksville, NC
School: Davie County High School
Projected Position At NC State: Center
Accolades: Named to the 2012 Shrine Bowl team, missed half of senior season due to broken bones in his foot
Commit Date: April 24, 2012
Recruiting Scene: Blankenship was a player that had become very familiar with NC State during the early stages of his recruiting. Although he made visits to Duke, West Virginia and Wake Forest, Blankenship never hesitated to express his desire to play for the Wolfpack.
In April of 2012 he received the call from former defensive back's coach Mike Reed that State was extending an offer and Blankenship committed the next day. Although the Pack went through a coaching change in November, he never wavered on his commitment to NC State after meeting new head coach Dave Doeren.
Why NC State?: "There were a lot of schools looking at me, but I've been to NC State a few times now and every time I felt like it was home," said Blankenship. "I feel like I can be a great addition to NC State."
Picked NC State Over: interest from West Virginia, Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech among others
Scouting Report: "Blankenship isn't the tallest player around (6-1, 295 pounds) but he's built like a fire hydrant and is a very effective interior player. He's a prototypical center prospect and helped kick off NC State's recruiting deluge in the spring when he pledged to the Pack.
"At the Shrine Bowl Blankenship showed good agility and the ability to pull and get out in space to make a block. Because of his size he is almost a lock to start off his career at center and his experience there from his time in high school should be a plus." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
"He's a big physical player. He's not lazy; he gets after your tail and he wants to finish blocks," Illing said. "He's not waiting for a whistle. He wants his guy on his back. He's strong and he really stands out when you go to a game. He's physically more mature and physically stronger than anyone he plays against." - Davie County Head Coach Doug Illing in the Winston-Salem Journal