JagsJungle.com has learned that running back Kaleb Blanchard of Denham Springs, LA has committed to South Alabama. A high-rated three star prospect, Blanchard had several SEC offers and was actually committed to Arkansas earlier in the recruiting process. A coaching change led to his recruitment opening again.
Blanchard visited Mobile this past weekend and saw all the Jaguar program and the city has to offer. A Mardi Gras parade, the Senior Bowl (with a chance to see USA alum BJ Scott participate) and a tour of the campus and the facilities. Suitably impressed, he was ready to commit but the South Alabama coaches took the low-pressure approach and told him to go home and think about it. Monday evening he was still ready to make the commitment and now has agreed to be part of the Jaguar family.
Despite injuries curtailing his junior season and some of his senior year, Blanchard was rated the #40 running back in the nation and the #536 prospect overall by 247 Sports. He was named the Offensive MVP of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl last month.