Haughton’s Blank has size, grit to attract colleges

By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine

I was watching a full game film in 2021 of Haughton High School and saw several tackles and plays made by then-junior linebacker Connor Blank. I came away impressed by his toughness, his build for the spot and his upside for the next level.

Blank is like a lot of players who are going into their senior seasons: just show a little more here and there and he has a chance to be highly recruited when it’s all said and done. If Blank can have a dominant senior season at a bigger size, a faster and stronger version, and just take over, he’s got the talent to be an FBS linebacker. He has the frame at 6-1, and room to grow into his frame, now an athletic 215 pounds.

Like I said, I love his ability to make plays with toughness and all-out effort.

Most FBS programs like their linebackers on the Power 5 level for middle linebacker (which is where I see him playing at a high level) in the 6-1 to 6-2 range with 220 to 230 pounds on their frame running in the low 4.6 range or low 4.7. Blank is capable of being a low 4.7 range in the end. He runs in the 4.8 range right now but looks faster in uniform.

He is also very strong in the weight room for a high school kid with a bench press max of 325, squat max 450 and clean max of 245.

Blank would be a steal for an FCS program and again would be a 6-1, 225-to-230-pound starter in Year 2 or sooner in college.

“Conner is a big, physical tough kid that runs well,” said linebacker coach Gary Smith. “He plays the game the right way. We’ve been fortunate here at Haughton High School to have some very talented linebackers come through. And Conner fits the mold. We are expecting him to have a great year for us in 2022.”

The Buc senior has a liking for orange and black at the next level.

“My favorite college is Oklahoma State. It’s my favorite because my dad used to go to college there and I love the campus and the head coach Mike Gundy and everything about the program and what they have to offer,” said Blank. “I’ve been to a couple games and the field is amazing to be on and look at and the atmosphere is amazing surrounding it.”

“What I like most about football is the physical side of it because I love to hit people and will always wanna go head-to-head with anyone.”

Notes on Connor Blank: He recorded 83 total tackles with nine tackles for loss in 2021.

In the classroom he has a 3.7 GPA and ACT score of 22.

His family’s connection to sports. “My dad played baseball for Oklahoma State for a little while until he broke his wrist and couldn’t play anymore.”

Camps Blank attended over the summer were at Louisiana Christian, Ouachita Baptist, Oklahoma State and South Alabama.

Blank enjoys working out and playing games. “I enjoy working out because it makes me feel amazing and gets me bigger and stronger, and after a long workout I can just come home and play games to just chill and relax.”

Contact Lee at lbrecheen@aol.com