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Coach | 2023 Notre Dame DL Target Tyriq Blanding A "Manchild"

July 22, 2021

Jason Brown knows top talent when he sees it and as the head coach at New York’s Christ The King, he’s seen it his fair share.

And he sees it again with 2023 defensive lineman Tyriq Blanding‍.

“Tyriq Blanding probably has the fastest get-off I've ever had at Christ The King,” Brown says of the 6-foot-3, 270-pounder.

“Very good kid.”

Brown points to former Christ The King star Jared Harrison-Hunte, who is coming off a standout redshirt freshman season at the University of Miami.

“He reminds me a little bit of Jared, but I think he’s a little bit more advanced than Jared at this age,” says Brown.

“That's the best way I can describe him. He's about 6-3, 270, manchild.”

Off the field, Blanding is quiet.

“He's a quiet kid, very quiet kid,” his coach says. “He doesn't say much. He just goes home and typical high school kid, plays video games. Doesn't hang out a lot.”

Blanding already has offers from schools like Michigan, Miami, Nebraska, Arizona State, Oregon, Pitt and Syracuse among others.

He’s headed out to South Bend next week for Notre Dame’s BBQ.

“He told me himself, the population is small,” Brown says.

Blanding has also had contact with former Christ The King star running back and one-time Irish target Tirek Murphy, who is now at Purdue.

“I'm quite sure when Tirek was there, Tirek told him about his visit and how he loved it and the population was small. Tyriq likes a small setting sometimes.”

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