Blanton a Top DB Recruit

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Butler (Matthews, N.C.) defensive back Robert Blanton boasts an impressive list of scholarship offers in this early going of the recruiting process. Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the programs that have offered the talented 6-1, 175-pound junior, and the list continues to grow.

“I think it’s great,” Blanton said of his scholarship success. “I’m going to visit a lot of schools that have offered me on spring break and in the next couple of months.”

Blanton has already made unofficial visits to Michigan, UNC, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. It was his first time visiting all five of those places. He is considering visits to the University of Virginia and Notre Dame over his spring break, which begins on April 2nd.

Blanton discussed his visit to Virginia Tech.

“I went down there about two or three weeks ago,” Blanton recalled. He made the trip with his family. “I had a great experience down there. Everyone was very friendly. I met the Academic Counselor and the Dean of Business – they seemed like they had their stuff together. They have great academics. The tutoring program seems great. The Business program is real flexible. I talked to Coach [Torrian] Gray and Coach [Kevin] Sherman…I met every coach there.

“Virginia Tech has given me a written offer and they seem like a great school, but my options are still open.”

Both state of Virginia programs could be significant factors in this race.

“They sent me an offer as well,” Blanton said of UVa. “I’ve talked to head coach Al Groh. He has come up to my school a couple of times. He seems like a pretty great guy who could do some great things for me in my future. I e-mail Mike Groh a lot. I think he is the recruiting coordinator for my area. It is one of the top public colleges in the nation, so they definitely have their academics up to par.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Blanton moved around quite a bit due to the fact that his father worked in the Military. He has lived in Matthews since the age of 13, but didn’t really have any favorite schools growing up.

“Location is not a factor,” Blanton said.

“I’m going to go through the whole process. I’ll see what I like and maybe get a top five and take some official visits.”

In his junior season, Blanton racked