Monaca (Pa.) Center offensive lineman Evan Blankenship a future Buckeye helped lead the Trojans into the second round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs this season. That is something that according to Blankenship was not a regular occurrence at Center High.
"The season went really well," Blankenship said. "It was the best season that we had since I have been on the team. We had a great group of guys. We beat Yough and made it to the second round of the playoffs. It's been a long time, maybe ten years since we have done that. We had a tough loss to Ford City to end the season.'
"I used the season to work on some things I felt I needed to improve on like staying low while run blocking," Blankenship explained. "My coaches told me I really improved. This was my best season and I felt like I improved and I helped our team win."
For the Trojans, Blankenship plays offensive tackle, at 6-foot-3, 300-pounds, he knows that will not be his future at Ohio State. "They told me I am not going to be able to be a tackle," Blankenship said. "I will either be a guard or a center, but they haven't said for certain. I saw the guards up there and they are huge, so I figure it will center. I have never played center, so i need to learn how to do that." <p>
Blankenship is anxious to head to Columbus next weekend for his official visit. He already has a plan laid, so he can maximize his time on campus.
"I know pretty much everything about the football program and I have seen it all," Blankenship said. "I really want to check out the weight program. I am doing my own workout's and would like to get some pointers. I want to spend a lot of time on academics, because I don't know a lot about that area. I am planning on majoring in Accounting and probably taking a minor in Spanish or Astronomy."
Like most of the future Ohio State Buckeyes, Blankenship has really taken notice of what the nation's top-ranked team has done. he does not foresee anyone taking a national championship away from Ohio State. "It has been a great year. I am so excited about getting there. I think they'll win the national championship no matter who they play."
Jim Tressel made an impression on Blankenship and most of his high school for that matter last week when Tressel visited his future player at school. "I was excited," he explained. "I felt honored that he was coming. All of my friends and teachers got to meet him. He is a great guy. My guidance counselor is a big Ohio State fan and it's not everyday the coach of the nation's number one football team comes to your school."