Blanton Becomes A Priority For The Irish

The scholarship offers continue to roll out of the Notre Dame football office, as the Irish staff identifies their top prospects. Cornerback Robert Blanton from Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) will be one of the best defensive backs in the country and he recently received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

Notre Dame landed cornerback Raeshon McNeil from North Carolina two years ago and the Notre Dame staff has found another talented defensive back down south in Robert Blanton (6-foot-1, 180 pounds).

"I talked to coach Weis about two weeks ago," Blanton recalled of his conversation with the Notre Dame head coach. "I didn't talk to him long, but he seemed like a pretty good guy. We talked about the school a little bit and then he asked me how I'd feel if he offered me a scholarship.

"He told me that he liked my aggressiveness and the way I covered people. He said he liked the way I played the run. I'll get to know him more when I get a chance to go up there and visit."

Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, Corwin Brown, has done a very good job recruiting Blanton to this point and getting Blanton to visit Notre Dame unofficially would be a step in the right direction.

"[After speaking with coach Weis] I talked to coach Brown about which days I could come up and visit," Blanton said. "We talked about some good days I could come up during spring break (April 1). I think me, my mom and my step-dad are going up there. I might go to some spring ball games too, but right now I think we'll just go to Notre Dame.

"We talked about how school was going and how track was going…stuff like that. I'm pretty sure that I'd play corner [at Notre Dame], but coach Brown asked me if I'd play safety also. I'm pretty sure I'll be locking them down at corner though.

"I'm really interested in Notre Dame," Blanton said. "It seems like a good place to go, but I'll have a better idea when I get back from my visit. Location isn't that big of a thing, so the distance isn't a big deal."

Blanton is just beginning his outdoor track season. He'll participate in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump and the 4X400 relay.

As a sophomore Blanton 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.

Blanton reported a 3.0 g.p.a.


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