Many in the Lone Star State have taken notice of Cypress (TX) Ranch High School’s hot 7-0 start to the 2016 season. Many have also noticed the Mustangs’ 6-foot-5 ½, 270-pound offensive tackle Colten Blanton, who is just a junior.
“I have offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, OU, Ohio State, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, LSU, Baylor, TCU, Mizzou, Colorado State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Texas Tech and Arkansas,” Blanton told Today’s U. ”I am truly blessed with my offers and grateful for all of these schools that have extended offers to me.”
Right now, the 247Sports Composite, 93 overall four-star is wide open and taking everything in, but certain programs have sure made themselves known with the rising 2018 prospect.
“I talk to Clemson, Ohio State, OU and Texas A&M all the time,” Blanton told Today’s U. “They say that the way I play is very impressive. They all think that I can play and exceed in their programs. I talk to Clemson on a daily basis, but they have not offered yet. I’ve been talking to Texas and they have not offered either.”
Like most positions, an offensive lineman, especially, has to possess certain measurables to even get a sniff from an FBS football program. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Blanton certainly has the size to be a force at the next level, but that’s not all the coaches are raving about.
“They like how physical I am when I play, my footwork and how I can move,” Blanton told Today’s U.
So far this season, Blanton has not taken any unofficial visits or attended any college football games. This spring, however, the four-star plans to make his rounds before he begins to narrow things down.
“I plan on taking a lot of visits this spring,” Blanton said. “I plan on visiting Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Clemson, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Texas, but I have not visited any schools this fall.”
Whenever Blanton takes his trips in the spring, there are five main characteristics he’s looking for in a program that will be major factors in his decision.
“I’m looking for a home, some place where I can get a great education and also succeed in football,” Blanton said. “I’m also looking for a family in the players and coaches that will help turn me to a man.”
The four-star appears to be primarily focused on highly prestigious programs. Most of which are currently in the AP Top 25. Schools have roughly eight more months to make their pitches in hopes of swaying the nation’s No. 16 offensive tackle prospect – according to the 247Sports Composite – and earning his pledge.
“I will probably make my decision around June,” Blanton said.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently has him predicted at 100 percent to choose Texas A&M. The Aggies currently have one offensive linemen committed in Missouri City (Texas) Elkins’ four-star Luke Matthews. Among the other schools receiving a visit from Blanton, Oklahoma has five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker committed – the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle, according to 247Sports.