Blankenship Enjoys Trip For Ohio State Camp

Monaca (Pa.) Center Area offensive lineman Evan Blankenship was in attendance at Friday's senior advanced camp at Ohio State. Blankenship discussed the day's events, his time spent with OSU offensive coordinator Jim Bollman and the schools he is still considering. Click here for more.

Monaca (Pa.) Center Area offensive lineman Evan Blankenship attended Friday's senior advanced camp at Ohio State.

Blankenship (6-3, 315) told Bucknuts.com he has pretty much whittled his list of schools down to two: Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

"Ohio State, Pitt and Temple have all offered," Blankenship said. "The two schools I am really interested in the most are Ohio State and Pitt. I think I am going to make my decision before my senior year, maybe even before camp starts."

Blankenship had been to OSU's football camp for three-day sessions each of the last two years. He was offered by the Buckeyes this past spring and enjoyed the chance to come back for the one-day senior camp last week.

"Every year, it has just been a great experience for me," he said. "I think they have one of the top camps in the country."

Blankenship recounted his day on Friday, including a chance to meet up with offensive coordinator/line coach Jim Bollman who has been off duty due to recent health concerns.

"When we first got there Friday, they took our height and weight and measured our vertical jump," Blankenship said. "Then, they took all of the offensive players over to the stadium to watch film and have lunch in the press box. Then, the shuttled us all back over to the Woody Hayes Center.

"We went through agility drills and they did things like teaching us our steps and our formations. Then, we went to the competitions where we were one-on-one with the defensive linemen. When that was over, they tested us on the bench press.

"Then, we had the county fair, which is all stations and agility drills. That was basically it. It was an awesome day."

With Bollman out, tight ends coach (and former OSU lineman) John Peterson stepped in and coached the linemen.

"Coach Bollman was there for about a half hour of that," Blankenship said. "I think Coach Bollman is going to be fine. He says he's walking up to four miles a day. He said he is doing great. I think he'll be ready for the year. I had been talking to (OSU assistant Joe) Daniels and I know they are worried about his condition.

"I actually got to take a tour of the new Woody Hayes Center that is being built. It's all metal beams and boards right now, but I got a feel for what it's going to be like."

Blankenship said Bollman told him he would likely be an interior lineman at the college level. (He plays tackle for his high school team.)

"He was basically telling me I would play guard or center if I decide to go there," Blankenship said. "I think it would be beneficial to be redshirted if that's the best thing to do. My goal is obviously to start for my college team. But if it comes down to being redshirted, that would be one more year for me to get ready to play."

Regarding his affinity for Pittsburgh, Blankenship said, "Well, it's a half hour or 20 minutes away from my house. I have grown up watching Pitt. I like their coaching staff, their facilities and their campus. They share their training facility with the Steelers.

"With the coaching staff, every time I have gone up there I have had a good feeling. It is going to be tough for me wherever I make my decision."

Regarding his ability as a lineman, Blankenship said, "I play tackle for my team. I think I am a better pass blocker maybe right now. But I have quick feet and good hands. If you want me to do something, I'll do it."

Blankenship holds a 3.0 GPA and scored an 880 on the SAT.


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