Sometimes you just need hard nosed football players. It doesn't matter what position they will play in college. Just guys who will bring it every down and love the game. This describes Rider athlete Blaine Townsend. At 6'0, 233 pounds, Townsend (4.7) has played all over the field. Fullback, nose guard, defensive end, linebacker, deep snapper, you name it Townsend will give it a shot.
"I just love football, I don't care what position I play, as long as I play," said the junior.
There is no doubt that Townsend will get a shot at the next level, the 2011 prospect is getting heavy interest from Notre Dame and is also hearing from SMU , Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Clemson, and UCLA.
"I want to make sure that I have good coaches. I really want to bond with them and make sure that I'm on the same page with them. I'm going to be there for four years, so I want to feel comfortable with them," stated Townsend to PonyStampede.com. "Record really doesn't matter with me. Playing football is fun. I just want to make sure that I like the campus, they have my major, and the coaches are good."
Earlier this season, Townsend visited the Hilltop to watch the Mustangs defeat ECU.
"I really like the Mustangs," said the junior. "When we went there, we ate some BBQ, then had the coaches come talk to us. After that, we went down to the weight room and saw the facilities. We then went outside and watched them warm-up. I really liked it. It's not to far from home, they just came off a big bowl win in Hawaii, so I'm really interested in them. We'll see what happens though, because I have been getting a lot of stuff."
Notre Dame has been sending Townsend multiple pieces of mail a week. It's PonyStampede.com's prediction that the Rider product would accept, if offered. All though, he does expect to see his mail from other schools increase with season's over.
"It's really going to be a family thing. We are going to pray about it and just hope for the right college for me. It's anytime I guess. If it's the last minute, it's the last minute. If I fall in love with a place, I will commit," said the junior.
Rider seldom used a fullback this season, so Townsend only racked up four receptions for near 20 yards and a TD. On defense, the junior recorded over 50 tackles from the nose guard position. At this time, schools are not really letting on what they project Townsend to be at the next level.
"They haven't really said. College is kind of like a puzzle," said Townsend. "I could play from quarterback to tight end. (laughter) We really don't know yet, but they are keeping base with me. Making sure everything with me is going well."
PonyStampede.com will stay in contact with Townsend and let you know if anything breaks.