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    '14 VA S Quin Blanding (Offer/Virginia Commit)


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    Safety
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Bayside

    Height:6'2"
    Weight:196 lbs
    40:4.55 secs
    GPA:3

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    Quin has recently landed a verbal offer from ND. In addition to ND, Quin currently holds verbal offers from pOSU, UVA, UConn, East Carolina, Illinios, Miami, UNC, NC State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. Receiving interest from Oregon. Quin has unofficially visited UVA four times. Twice last year for games, junior day and recently for the spring game.
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    ND Offers 2014 Stud Safety (free)

    It’s clear already that Quin Blanding is going to be one of the top defensive backs in the Class of 2014.

    The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety from Virginia Beach, Va., already has 12 offers from programs like Notre Dame, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech among others.

    “It’s exciting just to see that coaches see the talent I put on the field and it shows the hard work I put in in the classroom pays off,” said Blanding.

    Notre Dame assistant Scott Booker delivered the Irish offer with Bayside High School head coach Darnell Moore during a visit to the school late last month.

    “Coach Booker came to the school and told my coach they had an offer for me,” said Blanding. “I was excited about it. I was just blessed that they see my talent and wanted to offer me.”

    Blanding’s teammate, 2013 running back Taquan Mizzell, also has an offer from Notre Dame, but the sophomore still has to do more research on the Irish.

    “I don’t know much about them,” he said. “I just know they had Michael Floyd get drafted.”

    Blanding’s size coupled with his 4.54-speed makes him an obvious prospect for college coaches, but his attitude makes their decisions even easier.

    “I think they see that I’m dominant on both sides of the ball and I play every play like it’s my last play,” said Blanding. “I work hard and come ready to play and try to be a leader for my team.

    “I play safety and wide receiver, but they’re recruiting me as a safety.”

    Blanding has been a starter since his freshman season and earned All-District and All-Region honors as a sophomore playing all over the field. He picked off seven passes last season and snared nine touchdown receptions.

    It’s still too early for Blanding to start forming any type of leaderboard.

    “I’m interested in all schools right now,” he said.

    But it’s not too early for the sophomore to start thinking about what he wants out of a college.

    “I want the education to be one of the highest educations you can get,” he said. “Also, I want it to be like a family. I don’t want anything to be stressful, I just want to be with a family that’s together.”

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    Tennessee and West Virginia have verbally offered.

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    Maryland and Miami have verbally offered.

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    Cincinnati has verbally offered.

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    Bama has verbally offered.

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    http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com...sp?CID=1370924 (free)

    Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside safety Quin Blanding is not a fan of the politics of rankings. He realizes the rankings are subjective and would rather people didn't make assumptions about his game.

    That's why he's so active in the summer camp circuit and it is why he immediately accepted his invitation to the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

    "Rankings are very important," he said. "(But) I don't like the politics of it, so I want to make sure I go out and show where I belong. I want people to know what I can do and not see a couple clips of my best plays and the hype.

    "I want to go out and compete for it. I want to be for real."

    With 20 major college football offers, there are few doubters that Blanding is anything but real.

    The inaugural event to be held June 22-24 at Lakewood Stadium in Atlanta is yet another platform for Blanding to show what he is made of. The entire Rivals.com team of analysts and videographers will be on hand to take in the event.

    "It is a big opportunity," Blanding said. "I have to show I can play with the big kids."

    Not that Blanding plans to sit at the little kids' table, but of the 100 invitees, he is one of only 20 participants from the Class of 2014.

    He also just turned 16 at the beginning of May.

    "Being young isn't an excuse," he said. "I was asked to be there and show what I can do. My hard work was rewarded and using my age as an excuse is not what I am about."

    Being able to play in the talent-laden Tidewater area of Virginia has helped Blanding develop his confidence with the knowledge that his ability would be discovered much easier than other, more remote parts, of his homestate.

    "It is a perfect mix for me," he said. "Knowing that so many guys have come out of here makes you believe you can do it but hearing them all say that you still have to get your work in pushed me to do it for myself and not just rely on the reputation of the area.

    "If anything, it made me want to work harder because I knew what was possible for me."

    Right now, anything is possible for Blanding, who has his choice of schools with an offer list that is likely to grow as he matures.

    According to the 6-foot-2, 196-pounder, maturation at his position is the next step in his development.

    "I get excited pretty easily," Blanding said. "Sometimes I lunge at the line and I can get beat, and sometimes I will stay on the quarterback's eyes too long and then I am a step off my coverage. I am always looking to get better, but I think those fundamentals and technique things are where I need to work."

    As far as his expectations for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, Blanding believes he can keep his emotions in check and play his game.

    "I will be focused for it," he said. "I want to be a top performer. I know that if I relax and play my game I will see everything and I can pick off anything.

    "I am going to get recognized. That is my goal every time out."

    Mike Farrell's take

    Blanding is special, plain and simple, and he's only a 2014 prospect. Look for a big safety with hips and a backpedal like a cornerback who is also physical, and you have Blanding. He has a natural feel for the game, he can man up in press or play off, and he closes on the ball well. He's quietly confident and knows he can hold his own at this event and while Da'Shawn Hand and Andrew Brown have been getting most of the ink in Virginia for the 2014 class, Blanding is quietly moving up the charts.

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    http://notredame.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1381096 (free)

    The annual New Level Athletics Elite 7-on-7 National Championship has hit Brooklyn, N.Y., and here were Saturday's top performers on defense.

    DB Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside (2014)

    Blanding continued his strong play from last weekend's Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge, recording three interceptions in his team's first two games of pool play. At 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds, Blanding is big for a safety, yet he shows the speed and man coverage ability to play cornerback if called upon to do so. Blanding's instincts for the position are exceptional, and he can read a quarterback and jump a route with the best of them. Blanding has solidified himself as one of the top safeties in the country, regardless of class.
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