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B1G schools lead for Ala. DB

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New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn safety Khari Blasingame appears headed for the Big 10 to continue his football career. Blasingame recently took a visit to Minnesota and the Gophers impressed the Alabama native.
"Everything was great. I really liked it. It was a real good visit," Blasingame said. "The game was great. The defense was solid, they made some big defensive plays. One of the best parts was all the food. They feed us real good."
Minnesota is home to former Jim Thorpe Award winner Tyrone Carter, who also hails from the south. The Thorpe award is giving to the nation's top defensive back. Blasingame said the coaches aren't looking to compare him to Carter or any other player for that matter.
"They aren't saying I can be the next big safety or anything like that," Blasingame said. "They just tell me I can fit in real well with their style of defense and their scheme. If I do the things I'm supposed to do that could come later, but they aren't pushing that on me."
Northwestern recently offered and he is planning to check out the Wildcats on December 6.
"I spoke to Coach (Pat) Fitzgerald on the phone and he said they liked my film and they were offering me," the three-star defensive back said. "I was pretty excited I guess. It's a good school that provides a good education. I'm not sure what to expect on the visit. I just want to see what they have to offer."
Blasingame doesn't list a dream offer, but he grew up a fan of the Georgia Bulldogs. The two-way star likes the hard running style of former UGA back Knowshon Moreno.
As a senior he rushed for 1,163 yards and ten touchdowns to go with 74 tackles, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. According to the 6-foot-1, 203-pounder, Minnesota and Northwestern want him at safety.
He plans to decide shortly after his visit to Minnesota.
Kynon Codrington is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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