made his college decision today, selecting Virginia over nine other schools.
Blanding made the announcement in a ceremony held at Bayside (Virginia Beach, Va.)
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety is the No. 7 recruit overall according to 247Sports.
In committing to Virginia, Blanding will join past Bayside players Demetrious Nicholson and Henry Coley, as well as class of 2013 recruit Taquan Mizzell
, one of the country's top running backs, who signed with the Cavaliers on National Signing Day.
Blanding immediately becomes a key fixture of Virginia's 2014 recruiting class. With nearly a year until he can sign his National Letter of Intent, Blanding has plenty of time to try to lure other top players to Virginia. It's a banner year for in-state talent, lead by Woodbridge (Va.)
defensive end Da'Shawn Hand
, the nation's No. 1 recruiting according to 247Sports.
A versatile athlete, Blanding was a MaxPreps All-American
this fall after making 55 catches for 1,035 yards and six touchdowns.
Tom Lemming ranks Blanding as the No. 6 recruit nationally