Blankenship Mulling His Options

Offensive lineman Evan Blankenship from Monaca, Pa., has a scholarship offer from Ohio State and could be close to committing to the Buckeyes. He also has offers from Pitt and Temple. Blankenship will attend Ohio State's senior advanced camp in June. We caught up with Center Area head coach Larry Taddeo for more.

Evan Blankenship, an offensive lineman from Monaca, Pa., has scholarship offers from Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Temple.

There were rumblings that he had verbally committed to the Buckeyes, but Center Area High School head coach Larry Taddeo refuted such claims.

"That is not accurate," he said. "Evan is interested in Ohio State, but he has not committed anywhere yet."

Blankenship (6-4, 310, 5.1) is being recruited by OSU offensive line coach Jim Bollman.

"Coach Bollman was here at the school last week and I really enjoyed visiting with him," Taddeo said. "We talked for about 45 minutes. Big guy. Lineman, just like me. Well, I'm not big like him though.

"Ohio State has done a good job of developing offensive linemen since that staff has been there."

Taddeo is not sure if Blankenship is close to making a decision.

"I don't have a good feel for that," he said. "That is between him and his mother. But as a football coach, I would like for him to do something before our season begins, just so we can fully concentrate on our season. But I've talked to him and he knows my feelings and I don't want him to commit until he's absolutely ready."

Blankenship is considering more than just the three schools that have offered him.

"He's looking at Notre Dame and they want him to camp there in June," Taddeo said. "He's also getting looks from Maryland, Boston College and West Virginia."

Blankenship will attend Ohio State's one day camp in June.

Center Area was 8-2 in 2005 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. Blankenship started a few games as a sophomore in 2004, but 2005 was his first season as a full-time starter.

"He was a young junior for us last year and played well," Taddeo said. "He has matured a lot and has developed into a leader for us. His best asset is obviously his size at 6-4, 310. He's a powerful kid. He also has a great work ethic. He does track after school every day, but still comes in after track to get his football lifting in."

Taddeo thinks that Blankenship is a good athlete for his size.

"He played on the basketball team as a sophomore and he runs the floor really well," he said. "He has good agility for a big guy. I don't want to say he's smooth on his feet, but he does move his feet well."

Blankenship, a guard, benches 340 and squats 500. He has a core GPA of 3.0 and took the ACT for the first time in April.

"I can say my strength is my feet," Blankenship told "I used to play basketball and I think that's really helped. I can read the blitz really good and I'm a great pass blocker.

"What I need to work on…speed. Getting up the field, trying to run down linebackers, that's what I'm trying to work on. Also, staying on my blocks. I have a LB coach I'm working with right now. We're doing a lot of drills that are focusing on my agility and speed."

Buckeye Sports Top Stories