Things moved swiftly in the recruitment of Mansfield Timberview cornerback John Blunt Jr.
Blunt camped with McNeese State on July 9, picked up his second offer with McNeese State jumping into the mix on July 10 and just days later on July 12, Blunt announced his commitment to the Cowboys.
So what went into the Dallas-area defensive back pledging to McNeese State after only holding an offer for just over 48 hours?
“Well for starters Coach [Carlos] Perez came to spring practice and was watching me doing our pass rec drills,” Blunt told TexasHSFootball. “Once I was finished doing my drill he called me over and told me my feet were smooth and that he will stay in contact. Ever since that day he’s always been in contact. A lot of coaches say one thing but do the opposite. But the major key was me camping with them and basically getting a visit/camp in to meet the staff and facilities. It feels like home and that’s what I want. And who has the luxury of their head coach also being the corners coach, it’s a HUGE deal.”
Ironically, Blunt not being huge himself has played a role in his recruitment consisting of just two offers from McNeese State and Northeastern State. Following his junior campaign, McNeese weighed just 149 pounds, although he’s now up to 160 pounds.
“I’m looking forward to adding on weight. I’ve gained 10 pounds recently and the main part of my game I need to add is flexibility and strength,” Blunt said, noting his offseason work with his trainer Christian White, who he said is like a big brother to him.
As Blunt said, McNeese State was willing to grow with him as his game body does the same, which is something he’s keeping in mind if Power 5 offers begin to roll in.
“The main thing about me is I want to play,” Blunt said. “There’s a lot of schools who don’t offer cause of my weight, but as of right now I’m 100% a Cowboy. They’re willing to grow with me and I’m willing to do the same. The name of the school doesn’t impress me, it’s more to it to just say I’m going to a Power 5 school. Football is football to me. I just want to play.”
In just a few short weeks, Blunt will get a chance to do just that — play football.
Mansfield Timberview’s 2017 slate kicks off on the road on September 1 against Everman, and Blunt has some goals in mind for his senior season.
“Start off small with First-Team all district and let the rest fall in place,” Blunt said. Stat wise I want at least 2 INTs. Team wise I don’t want to talk to far ahead, these guys are my brothers and we are just taking it game by game and letting our play do the talking.”
A rangy, 6’1 prospect, Mansfield Timberview’s secondary is in good hands if Blunt has anything to say about it. To that end, he did have something to say about what he brings to the gridiron.
“I’m bringing a lot of competition, that’s something they like about me,” Blunt said of how he’d describe his game. “I just love to compete and dominate who is in front of me. [I’m] Quiet from a visual standpoint but I’m vocal from a first person view. I’m a very emotional player. You can tell I love to just be out there.”
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