LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Defensive back Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) was one of only two 2014 prospects to compete at the Champion Gridiron Kings this weekend at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports, but the talented safety more than held his own.
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound athlete said he just wanted to prove he belonged at such a prestigous event.
"I feel like I did great," Blanding said. "I'm just having fun and just contributing with my team and just helping them out. Being a big safety and an underclassman, I just want to show that I can play with them too."
Blanding, who holds offers from schools suchs as Alabama, Aubrn, Tennessee, Florida, Virginia and Clemson, said he has been a little overwhelmed by the attention, but he remains humble.
"At first when I grew up, I really didn't even know what an offer was," he said. "Just coming out here and getting all these offers, it's just a blessing right now. I'm just out here to work hard and compete and just show the schools that haven't offered me yet that I'm working hard and just to show them that I'm putting effort in in the classroom and on the field. I have high interest in everyone that offers me -- anything goes."
Blanding has already visited North Carolina and Virginia this summer and plans to take a trip to Ohio next weekend.
"Next Saturday I'm supposed to head up to Ohio State to see the campus and meet all the coaches," he said. "As of now I don't know if it's for sure yet.
As for what he's looking at in a program, Blanding said he looks to friends and teammates that have been through the recruiting process to get advice.
"Just talking with all my boys and just seeing how their recruiting process is," he said. "They always tell me to just to see where you can be cool with the coaches and where the coaches are very fun and friendly with you but can also be serious. I really like that about a coach. To be hands on and live with you at the same time. It just shows if he has a lot of energy on the field."
With a majority of his scholarship offers coming from programs outside of the state, Blanding says the distance won't be a factor for him.
"Distance won't matter," Blanding said. "I'm just trying to go somewhere were I'm around a big family and just to go and start as a true freshman and play hard.