Blankenship high on visit to Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Head Coach Dave Wannstedt would like to enhance his depth along the offensive line. There are a plethora of quality linemen available in Western Pennsylvania. Massive Evan Blankenship (6-foot-3 inches, 310 pounds) from Center High School in Monaca, PA happens to be one of the best.

"I had a great time on Saturday. I came away really impressed with Pitt," stated Evan Blankenship. "I have been to Pitt many times so I had seen a lot of the facilities and things like that. I enjoyed spending time with Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Paul) Dunn."

"Coach Wannstedt and Coach Dunn are great people. I have a lot of respect for them. They have been to my school to see me in the past. They have years of quality football experience and I feel comfortable with them."

Blankenship has been a three-year starter for Center High School. He led his team to an outstanding 10-2 record last season.

"I have two offers, one from Pitt and one from Ohio State. I'm very interested in both schools. Michigan, Boston College, Clemson, Notre Dame and Penn State are a few others I'm looking at.

A few reports on the internet have indicated that Evan may be slightly leaning to the Buckeyes. When asked if the reports were valid, he stated, "No. I'm open at this point. I have family from Ohio and I some relatives near Columbus. I like Ohio State but I like Pitt as well. I'm still open. It's too early in the process."

Blankenship is capable of bench pressing 340 pounds, squatting 500 pounds and running a 5.4 forty-yard dash. He is a solid student with a 3.0 grade point average.

"I think I bring a lot to the football field. I'm big and strong and I use my power to overwhelm the guy in front of me. I have great feet. Much of that comes from playing basketball. I can move for my size."

"Saturday was great. I grew up rooting for Pitt and it was my first official junior day event. The experience was special and it certainly helped them."

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