Blankenship still torn between two

University of Pittsburgh Head Football Coach Dave Wannstedt is currently attempting to rebuild the Panthers' offensive line. One of the top prospects in Western Pennsylvania happens to be massive Evan Blankenship (6-foot-3 inches, 310 pounds) from Center High School in Monaca, PA. The recently spoke with Evan about his college choices.

"I have three scholarship offers right now. Pitt, Ohio State and Temple have offered me scholarships," stated rugged Evan Blankenship. "I have no major plan this summer other than attending football camps at Pitt and Ohio State. I want to take a closer look at both school and send additional time with both coaching staffs."

"I'm still hearing from other schools like Notre Dame, Michigan, Boston College, Clemson and West Virginia."

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

"I want to make a commitment before the star of football season. Right now I'm still torn between the Panthers and the Buckeyes. Both are great school and I like both of the coaching staffs."

Evan was quick to point out what he would be looking for when making his final decision. "Academics, athletics, the campus and the teams' success will factor into my decision. I want to major in education or astronomy. I would be playing close attention to those programs," he said.

"I have to feel comfortable at the school because I'm going to spend four to five years there. I want a coaching staff that will help improve my game as well."

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.'s Eastern Football Analyst Bob Lichtenfels recently ranked Evan the 32nd best player in the state of Pennsylvania.

"I like Pitt quite a bit and I like what they are doing there. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt and Coach (Paul) Dunn are great guys and I truly believe they will turn the program around. It's great to see they are adding players like Pat Bostick. I can't make my decision based on other commitments but it's great to know other players of his caliber are joining the program."

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