Pitt or Ohio State for Blankenship?

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 PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Evan about his upcoming decision.

"I'm very close to a final decision," stated massive Evan Blankenship. "At this point, I'm down to Pitt and Ohio State. Both schools have a great deal to offer."

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

"It looks like I should have decision within the next two weeks. I want to get to Columbus and Pittsburgh within the next two weeks and spend time with both coaching staffs. I've already been to both schools a bunch of times but I think the final visit will help me separate the schools."

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

"I have been to Pitt many times and I'm very familiar with their facilities and coaches. The coaching staff there is great. It's close to home and they need offensive linemen," he said. "Pitt has a big campus and you have to take shuttles to get to parts of it. It's a little more in the city compared to Ohio State's campus but that's not a big deal."

"I believe that Coach (Dave) Wannstedt can turn things around there. They had a great recruiting class and they already added some great players like Pat Bostick. It would be great to work with Coach (Paul) Dunn as well."

Blankenship was quick to interject his feelings on the Buckeyes as well. "I like Ohio State. I hear from their coaches all the time. They text message me constantly. Their campus is beautiful and everything seems to be within walking distance," he said.

"My father and brother are big Ohio State fans. They aren't going to influence my decision but they would be thrilled if I became a Buckeye."

When asked what would factor into his final decision, he stated, "It's going to be a mix of several things. I want to take a look at academics, campuses and athletics. I need to feel comfortable with the school and the football program."

"Four to five years is a long time to spend anywhere. At least I have two good schools to choose from. I should have a decision very soon."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.

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