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Once skeptical about Jimbo Fisher hire, 4-star OT Colten Blanton now ‘100 percent’ committed to Texas A&M

Colten Blanton
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Four-star offensive tackle Colten Blanton committed to Texas A&M in November 2016, and he admits to some skepticism about Jimbo Fisher before Fisher was named Aggies coach.

Not anymore.

“At first I was skeptical about it and didn’t really know what to think about what was going on,” Blanton told GN. “But I went up on Sunday, the day that Coach Fisher arrived. I got to meet with him, and I really started to like him from that point on. I feel me and him have grown a relationship pretty fast over these past couple days.”

Blanton said that Fisher is “just a good guy; that’s one thing I really liked about him.”

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Fisher and three Aggies assistants — special teams coach and Belk Bowl interim coach Jeff Banks, offensive line coach Jim Turner and defensive ends coach Terry Price — visited Blanton on Tuesday night. Blanton posted photos of that visit on Twitter.

Blanton (6 feet 7, 285 pounds), from Cypress (Texas) Cy Ranch, in the Houston suburbs, is among the top-20 offensive tackles in the country and a top-250 overall prospect nationally in the 2018 class. He was a fan of Sumlin’s.

“I went through about a three-day period of not knowing what I was going to do,” he said. “I even started talking to a couple schools. It’s awful to see Coach Sumlin go, but in the end, I think this might be one of the best things that could ever happen for my college career.”

Blanton, one of 14 A&M commitments, says everyone is starting to come around now that Fisher has arrived.

“Everyone was a little bit nervous at first, but once people started talking to him and talking with the assistants about him, everybody is starting to settle down and all of them that have met him like him,” he said.

When asked if he is still planning on going to Texas A&M, Blanton left no doubt.

“I’m 100 percent committed to Texas A&M and I plan on signing on December 20,” he said. “It really is starting to set in and I’m really blessed and super-excited to get up there come January.”

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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