Blanton Laying Out Summer Plans

Now that the May evaluation period is nearing its end, Robert Blanton will turn his attention to his summer travel schedule. The standout defensive back from Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) will make a couple unofficial visits and then whittle his college options down to a manageable number.

Robert Blanton (6-foot-1, 175 pounds) is just finishing a busy spring. Blanton not only had to deal with a wave of college coaches that swept through his high school, but he had to balance an already busy athletic schedule.

"Today was the last day of spring ball," Blanton responded when asked about his spring activities. "We had a big turnout of guys, so that's always good. We got some work in. We were coming off track as well, so I was doing football and track at the same time.

Blanton tied a personal best 6-foot-6 in the high jump to take second place at the state track meet. Blanton also participated in the 300M hurdles, 110M hurdles and the 4X400M relay. With the state track meet in the rear view mirror, Robert will now turn his attention to football and recruiting.

"Me and a bunch of my teammates are going to Virginia Tech's camp," Blanton said. "Spencer Adams, E.J. Whitley, Jacob Charest, Mickey Brewer and Jared Boykins are going to go up there on June 9.

"I've switched around some plans. After Virginia Tech's camp we're coming back home. My teammates are going up to Michigan's camp, but I'm going to Notre Dame. Last time the drive was a monster, so I'm flying into Chicago on June 18. I'll be there for a couple days and that's pretty much it for now.

"The students report for summer school on June 18, but I probably won't meet up with them until June 19. I'll check out some of their classes and hang out with some of the players. I'd like to work out with them and talk to coach Brown and coach Lewis a little bit more.

"I'm really just going to go up there to see how I like it and see how I feel up there," Robert explained. "Last time I was only there for about a day, so I didn't get a real good feel for the classrooms, or the student environment."

There have been indications that a couple programs had edge out to a lead for Blanton's signature, but he wants to make sure he gives every school an opportunity.

"Everyone is even right now," he said. "When I get back [from Notre Dame] I'll narrow my schools down and then hope to have a decision in August. I might go check out some other colleges with some of my teammates just to hang out and have some fun."

Blanton has scholarship offers from California, Oregon, Michigan, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Colorado, Akron, and Notre Dame.

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.

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