Robert Blanton , regarded as one of the top cornerback recruits in the nation, had a “great visit” to Blacksburg this past Saturday. The 6-1, 175-pound Butler (Matthews, N.C.) blue-chipper enjoyed his time, important especially because this may be the last visit he makes to Blacksburg before making a verbal commitment to his school of choice.
“I’m trying to get it finished before the season starts, but there is no specific date or anything,” Blanton said of his college decision.
Saturday’s visit offered Blanton an opportunity to work with Virginia Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
“It was pretty cool,” said Blanton, who performed very well in one-on-one drills including several interceptions. “I got to work out with Coach Gray a little bit and see what he is about. He seemed pretty great. Most of the drills he did we do at our school.”
Getting to know the coaches was an important part of this experience.
“I talked to all of the coaches,” Blanton said. “I talked a lot to the defensive coordinator, Coach Gray, Coach Sherman and Coach Beamer. They told me they really needed me up there. They talked about the academics up there. They talked about family and how they connect as a family. They talked about the fan support and how much they support student athletes.”
Though he did not name a clear favorite, Blanton has been high on Virginia Tech since making an unofficial visit earlier this spring. Notre Dame is another program very high on his list – perhaps even considered the favorite – and he plans to attend summer camp in South Bend this month.
Blanton hopes to narrow his list soon.
“Yes, and it won’t be too long from now,” Blanton answered when asked if he will narrow his list of schools. “I don’t have a set number. It will just be the ones I think will have a chance.”
Stay tuned, as we will follow up with the talented prospect later this month for more on his decision-making process. This weekend’s trip went well for Virginia Tech, but it is tough to tell whether or not it will be enough to land him in the end.
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