Now, one of the better football players in the state of North Carolina himself, Prince Shembo would like to catch up with Blanton again.
"I would like to get his number, talk to him about everything," the standout defensive end from Ardrey Kell High said. "Talk to him about stuff high school kids would talk about."
Blanton has definitely left a positive impression on the 6-foot-2, 225-pound Shembo. The outside linebacker/defensive end has a couple of cousins that attended Butler High while Blanton was still there.
"They tell me Robert's crazy," Shembo laughed.
Shembo finds all this recruiting hoopla crazy. The fact that he and Blanton could be teammates on the next level is crazy. He also finds it a blessing.
Ten programs have stepped to the table and offered Shembo a scholarship. That list includes the likes of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Stanford, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.
"I still don't have any favorites," Shembo said. "It's probably going to be narrowed down during the season. I'll be able to watch a team on TV, and see how their season is going, and decide later.
"I'm not going to make my decision anytime soon, unless my dad tells me something else. I'll probably make my decision during my season or afterwards."
As a junior, Shembo had 90 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Notre Dame offered a full-ride over a month ago, and is one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.
Shembo and Irish assistant coach Corwin Brown email regularly and talk on the phone at least once a week.
"Once, I didn't talk to him for like two weeks, and he sent me a message saying where you at Prince," Shembo said.
"He's down to earth. I like him. I like talking to him. It's not about just football, but other stuff as well. He's a real person."
Brown and Shembo talked on Easter Sunday.
"He says I'm great at getting after the quarterback," Shembo stated. "I'm a great pass rusher. He says he'll put me in a lot of blitz packages, but I'm also good enough to cover.
"He says it's a good school, Charlie Weis, he talks about the top recruits, stuff like that. A good place to be around. He says I'll have fun over there, especially in practice. He says it's a place where you can compete, and that's my type of environment."
When Shembo was offered a scholarship by Notre Dame, he said the Irish were definitely going to remain one of his top-five schools. Nothing has changed in the last month.
"I like them. The school, just talking about the different defenses they run really impressed me, and especially after getting Manti Te'o, they're going to be doing some big things, and I'm going to keep my eye on them."
Shembo says that all the schools that have offered are recruiting him equally hard, but besides Notre Dame, he also speaks with Duke and Virginia Tech on a regular basis. He has taken previous visits to Georgia, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Clemson and South Carolina in the past. He has no plans on who or where he is going to visit next, but that Notre Dame is definitely a place he wants to see.
"Probably around official visit time," Shembo said of South Bend. "I don't think I'll be visiting anywhere for awhile, but as a matter of fact, maybe camp, I'm not sure."