Blanding Talks Irish Interest

Holding double-digit offers has not slowed Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside High defensive back Quin Blanding from keeping his priorities straight when looking at recruiting. caught up with the 2014 defensive back to learn more about him and his interest in Notre Dame.

Despite being a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Quin Blanding added Notre Dame to his growing offer list a little over a week ago.

Blanding discussed how he learned of his Irish offer.

"I had been talking with (assistant) coach (Scott) Booker," said Blanding. "He came to the school and they called me down and said they liked me as a player and a student."

While Blanding is excited about the Irish offer, he's also feeling blessed to have the amount of attention he's received.

"I'm excited and thankful coaches everywhere are seeing my film and liking what I do as a player and as a student," said Blanding. "It's exciting but at the same time all the offers are exciting."

When asked if he was surprised by the early interest, Blanding was not afraid to explain why he feels he's deserving of it.

"I'm not as surprised," Blanding said. "I know all the hard work I've been putting in and I'm now seeing that all the hard work is paying off."

As for his interest in Notre Dame, Blanding was honest in his assessment of the Irish.

"There are still things I need to learn about Notre Dame," Blanding said. "I know they have a high academic program and that is why they are for real to me.

"Academics are going to catch my eye first. If they have one of the highest academic programs and have the major I want to take, I'm interested. I'll also be looking to see if it's like a family and if I feel at home."

As for his possible major, Blanding is ready to lay down the law.

"I'm thinking about studying pre-law as I'm thinking about becoming a lawyer or a sports lawyer," he said.

However, Blanding will first have to make the trip to South Bend to check out campus.

"I've never been to Notre Dame," said Blanding. "I'm trying to get up there later this spring or going into the summer."

As for the distance between home and Notre Dame, Blanding is not too worried about it now.

"It doesn't matter," said Blanding about the distance. "I just want to go to a college where I can step on as a freshman and not have to go through the red-shirt process. I just want to walk on the field when I get there."

As for his on-field abilities, Blanding gave a quick breakdown of the areas needing improvement, and his strengths.

"My strength is me being very physical, and at times, being able to come down from my spot and make tackles and be all over the field," he said. "My weakness is that I get caught up looking into the backfield a little too much and then get blown off the coverage. I make up for it but it's going to cost me sometime, so I've got to get better at that."

While there is still plenty of time for Blanding to learn about the Irish, the amount of attention he's received will make him one of the country's top prospects for the 2014 class. will continue to track any developments involving Blanding in the months to come. Top Stories