Blanton Is A Complete Player

Notre Dame has recruited the Carolinas very well the past two seasons, and the Irish appear to be focused once again down south. Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) is home to one of the top upcoming cornerbacks in the country, Robert Blanton. The Irish haven't extended an offer yet, but they certainly like him as a prospect.

Recruiting fans will want to stay on top of the news surrounding Robert Blanton (6-foot-1, 180 pounds). When the recruiting rankings eventually come out, he'll likely be one of the top cornerbacks in the country.

Blanton currently holds scholarship offers from Michigan, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia, South Carolina, Wake Forest, North Carolina, and North Carolina State. The Irish could be the next to extend an offer.

"I heard that [the Notre Dame coaches] were at camp and they heard about me," Blanton responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "They asked for some film on me and I guess they liked what they saw, because they started sending me stuff.

"I've been talking to coach Brown the last couple weeks. I think he's a great guy. We've had a lot of great conversations. I looked him up on the internet and I like his style. He's pretty wise and he knows a lot about football. Sometimes we talk about family. We talk about the campus, and about the type of players they recruit. He seems like a great person.

"It's a great school to go to," Blanton said of Notre Dame. "I know they have great academics. After talking to coach Brown, I know they have a good defensive backs coach (Bill Lewis). They asked me if I preferred playing cornerback or safety and I told them that it didn't matter and that I could play either one. They told me that they were going to offer me a scholarship once they ran my transcripts through.

Despite all the recruiting attention that he's receiving, Robert contends that he doesn't have a favorite and that all the schools that are recruiting him have a chance to earn his signature.

"I'll try to get down to two or three schools by the start of the season, but they're all equal now," Robert explained. "I'll go on a couple official visits, like go up to Notre Dame and see how the atmosphere is up there.

"I've been to Michigan for their summer camp. I went up to a South Carolina game my sophomore year. I went up to a North Carolina last summer for a one-day camp. Most colleges I visit, I go to the campus to handle business or go down there for a camp. I haven't gone to any colleges to relax and evaluate things, so I want to take some visits."

As a sophomore Balnton made 123 tackles and intercepted six passes. Last season as a junior he surpassed those numbers by registering 147 tackles and picking off seven passes. That type of playing making ability is difficult to miss on the field.

"Usually I look at the bad things that I do [when I watch film]," Blanton said. "I try to read the play before the ball is snapped. I'll try to read if it's a run or a pass before it happens. I break up on the run really quick and I try to get the receiver routes from their alignments. I'm a complete player. I don't think many people caught the ball on me [last season]."

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