Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star Quin Blanding
Quin Blanding is an outstanding 5-star safety who is one of the headliners for Virginia's class. He is the type of player head coach Mike London should build around, as Blanding is a special talent.
Not only does he have great physical tools, but the talented safety also has leadership qualities. With his talent and work ethic, the sky is the limit for Blanding in Charlottesville.
He clearly deserves a more in-depth look.
Who Is Quin Blanding?
Blanding is a decorated recruit from Virginia who attends Bayside High School in Virginia Beach. He had 111 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, per 247Sports, but he was on the national radar well before the 2012 season.
He was a 247Sports All-American after his sophomore year, plus he was invited to The Opening before his junior season. Blanding will have the opportunity to showcase his skills on a national platform, as he will play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game.
Quin Blanding's Scouting Report: Strengths
Likely weighing more than his listed size of 200 pounds, Blanding has a long 6'2" frame that has good definition. He plays with rare instincts and awareness, as he is an intelligent player on the third level.
Blanding has great route-recognition skills, plus he doesn't allow himself to be manipulated by the eyes of quarterbacks during his backpedal. He displays outstanding transition quickness to shoot off his mark to get to the football. Blanding doesn't take many false steps, thanks to being blessed with loose hips and quick feet.
With his excellent speed, Blanding plays with tremendous range. He can be left as a single-high safety, as he's capable of helping cornerbacks on either side. The future Cavalier also has no issues playing man coverage versus tight ends, plus he flashes some ability to stay attached to quick slot receivers.
He exhibits impressive ball skills and hands to intercept throws when attacking passing lanes.
Blanding also projects as a complete safety due to his willingness to support the run. He is not afraid to roll into the box to track running backs, plus he is a solid tackler in space. Virginia is getting one of the best safety prospects in a decade.
Quin Blanding's Scouting Report: Weaknesses
Blanding could stand to improve his technique in man coverage. With more teams running spread attacks and multiple-receiver sets, he will be asked to play like a cornerback at times in Charlottesville.
His athleticism and instincts should help him be fine in this department, as all Blanding needs is some seasoning.
He also needs to add more strength to help him hold his own in the box versus running plays.
Quin Blanding's Full Ride Highlights
Here is a highlight tape of Blanding displaying his terrific athleticism and instincts assembled by the B/R Full Ride video series. It's easy to see why he is a 5-star prospect.
Keep an eye on Blanding's agility and ability to track the football downfield.
Quin Blanding's Junior Highlights
This is a reel of more than five minutes of highlights of Blanding's junior season at Bayside High School in Virginia. He's a stud who appears to have the skills to play receiver and cornerback if asked.
Quin Blanding's NFTC Highlights
This is a short clip of highlights from Blanding's day at the Washington D.C. Nike Football Training Camp from earlier this spring. He can be seen pacing through agility drills, plus he got a few reps in coverage.
Blanding is going to contribute early as a true freshman for Virginia. He could be starting by the end of his first season, where he will make several freshman All-American teams.
Blanding will be an All-ACC safety as a sophomore before becoming a team captain as a junior. After his third season in Charlottesville, he will have a decision to make.
2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map
Blanding is featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!