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OU gives Grant Blankenship a second chance

OU is giving former Notre Dame defensive end Grant Blankenship a second chance to make things right.

Nobody at Oklahoma could give a better idea about who Grant Blankenship is than defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks.

Blankenship, a former Scout 100 prospect for 2014, has transferred from Notre Dame to OU and is enrolled at the university. As of right now, he does not have a scholarship but of course the opportunity could be there in the future.

He will have to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules but would be eligible as a redshirt junior to play for the Sooners in 2017.

“I think people that follow Grant and recruited Grant like OU did, know he’s a big-bodied kid,” Cooks said. “He’s 6-6, 270 pounds, very athletic, a very fluid athlete. Think for him – it’s a second chance. At Notre Dame things didn’t work out like he wanted to. Here? He’ll add athleticism and depth for when he’s able to play.”

Cooks recruited Blankenship out of The Colony (Texas) High for the 2014 class and was obviously in South Bend for one season with Blankenship before Cooks came to Norman.

Blankenship saw some time as a true freshman, but after adding around 20 pounds to bulk up for his sophomore season, he didn’t see nearly as much time.

He was suspended for a violation of team rules by Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly in April, and Kelly announced late last week Blankenship would be leaving the program.

And once Cooks was allowed to communicate with Blankenship and the family without committing an NCAA violation, he went to work.

“I recruited Grant when I was at Notre Dame so obviously there was that relationship,” Cooks said. “Once everything was legal for us to communicate, we communicated. I got him in touch with our D-Line coach (Calvin Thibodeaux) and DC (Mike Stoops), had him and his parents come up here and laid it all on the line for him. The vision we thought for him. All those things at Notre Dame, leave them there. This is a fresh start and gives you a chance to get better.”

Blankenship was last listed at 6-foot-5 and 278 pounds and was ranked No. 91 in the Scout 100 for the 2014 class.


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