Knoxville athlete starting to get noticed

One Knoxville athlete is turning heads at area and regional combines this spring. Central High School's Cody Blanc may be one of the most overlooked athletes in the regional and probably the state, but that situation may not be the case in the near future.

One Knoxville athlete is turning heads at area and regional combines this spring.

Central High School's Cody Blanc may be one of the most overlooked athletes in the regional and probably the state, but that situation may not be the case in the near future.

He played running back last fall for his Central High School team, but it's his performances this spring is that making recruiting experts take notice.

Blanc participated in the InsideTennessee Combine on April 17th at D1 Knoxville, the 6-foot-1.5, 190-pound athlete put up some impressive numbers in the vertical jump, the forty yard dash to name a few.

"I ran a 4.56 forty, it wasn't my best time by far," Blanc explained to InsideTennessee.com. "My fastest time was a 4.42, I have been running a lot of 4.5's this spring."

He also proved to be a leaper. Blanc turned in a 38.5 vertical leap, a 4.20 20yard shuttle and bench pressed 185 pounds 15 times.

"I thought I did ok," Blanc said. "I attended the Nike Camp in Athens on the prior Friday, so I was a little sore."

Blanc, who has grown up his entire life in Knoxville, definitely has grown up loving the Orange and White.

"I have been going to games for a long time," Blanc said. "I love the atmosphere, there isn't a better place to be for a college game than Neyland Stadium. There are no better fans than the Tennessee fanbase."

Blanc took in Tennessee's Spring game, the day before the combine.

"It was very cold and windy, I should have prepared better for it," Blanc laughed. "I love going to games there."

While Blanc is a talented running back at the high school level, he is expecting to be recruited at wide out or safety.

"I would love to play in the SEC," Blanc said. "It would be a dream come true to play at Tennessee."

He currently doesn't have an offer yet, but he is far from discouraged.

"It's early," Blanc said. "If I keep working hard, I feel an offer will come. I'm getting a lot of attention from several schools."

Those schools include Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Tennessee.


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