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February 5, 2013

Letter of intent No. 1: Cole Blankenship

Cole Blankenship
Offensive lineman
Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County High
6-foot-2, 295 pounds

Measurables: At a Shrine Bowl combine ran the 40-yard dash in 5.18 seconds and the shuttle in 4.87 seconds … Had a 24.0-inch vertical leap and 32 reps at 185 pounds on the bench press.

Ratings: Regarded by Rivals.com as a three-star player … Picked by 24/7 Sports as a three-star recruit, the No. 65 offensive guard nationally and No. 37 prospect in the state of North Carolina … Listed by Scout.com as a three-star recruit and the No. 22 center in the country … Ranked by ESPN three stars, the No. 66 offensive guard nationally and No. 39 prospect in the state.

Honors/accomplishments: Picked first-team 4-A all-state by both NC Preps and Carolina Preps despite missing seven games with a stress fracture in his leg … Selected to play in the 2012 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game and started at left guard … Was named all-state by the Associated Press as a junior.

Recruitment: Blankenship first visited NC State for junior day in January and then was back again for the spring game in April. Blankenship was offered a scholarship April 23, and within 24 hours he committed to the Pack. Blankenship briefly considered opening up his recruitment during the coaching change but held solid after meeting Dave Doeren and enrolled early.

Recruiter of record: Former defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

2013 projection: Blankenship is a versatile lineman that has played tackle, guard and center in high school, but he projects strictly as an interior lineman in college. Although State has some gaps to fill at guard and center, it's atypical for a true freshman linemen to have an impact.

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