Lawrence County quarterback Austin Blankenship has found his next home. The senior signed to play football at Huntingdon Tuesday afternoon in a ceremony at Lawrence County High School.
Blankenship leaves behind quite the legacy at Lawrence County, leaving as the school’s all time leading passer. He also becomes the first Red Devil quarterback since 2002 to play football at the next level.
Blankenship took over as a Sophomore when the starter was injured. Reaching this point wasn’t quite something that he expected.
“Not really. I wasn’t expecting it at all,” Blankenship said. “I’ve always wanted to play at the next level ever since I was little so this is everything to me. This is a dream come true for me.”
Head coach Rich Dutton sees things differently.
“Austin never surprises me. When you have a competitor like him it’s kind of expected,” Dutton said. “Now it’s awesome because another place gets to experience what we’ve exprienced here.”
Even when he was thrown into the fire as a sophomore, he continued to impress.
“We had to learn Austin as he had to learn us,” Dutton said. “We morphed the offense into a running style to fit him, but that season he showed signs of being able to do more.”
It turned out to be true. This past season, Lawrence County switched to a spread attack to take advantage of their0- athletes. All Blankenship did was blossom by throwing for over 2,000 yards.
“In today’s offense, Austin can be anything,” he said. “He can go anything from Wing T to five wide.”
Blankenship credits that offensive switch in helping him obtain this offer.
“This year when we switched to the spread it helped increase my passing numbers and get my name out there more. I think it really helped me a lot.”
As for what kind of plasyer that the Hawks will be getting out of Blankenship.
“I’m going to try to be the hardest working one there.”