On Wednesday, 2022 LB Stone Blanton, of Madison, Mississippi (Madison Ridge Academy High School), earned a scholarship offer from California. With 20 FBS scholarship offers currently in hand, the latest offer from California joins a list featuring the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Oregon. As of now, Blanton is committed to Mississippi State for baseball.
Currently ranked as the No. 9 LB (No. 134 Overall) prospect in the class, Blanton is an exciting prospect due to his speed in pursuit and intelligence on the gridiron. Blanton even possesses the talent to be featured as a running back, using his top-notch physicality to bulldoze his way for yardage.
As a Sophomore in 2019, Blanton recorded 10 tackles/game, 6 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles en route to securing a 6A State Championship. For his efforts, he was selected to the First Team All-Conference, All-State MAIS (Midsouth Association of Independent Schools), and All-Metro teams.