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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:30 am

Hudson High School student-athlete standout Darian Blanks, front row, center, prepares to sign his National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Niagara University to play baseball, on Monday in the Hudson High School library. Supporting Blanks in the front row are his mother Adrianne, left, and father Daryl, right, along with, back row, from left, his sister, Tiana, grandmother, Brenda, grandfather, Al, Hudson principal Antonio Abitabile, athletic coordinator Gerald Wood, guidance counselor Rocky Payne, and varsity baseball coach Kevin Bowes. A multisport athlete at Hudson, Darian Blanks was a three-year starter at second base and centerfield for the baseball team; an NYSPHSAA champion sprinter for track and field; first team All-Capital Land and first team Reinfurt Division wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner on the football team. According to a release from Daryl Blanks, Darian Blanks played summer baseball with Troy’s Twin Town Devil Cats of the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League and in 38 games he batted .351 with 40 runs scored, 53 stolen bases and and 20 RBIs. Niagara University coach Rob McCoy first saw Blanks play at the New Era Tournament in Buffalo. McCoy followed Blanks and the Devil Cats to the NABF World Series in Detroit, where the Hudson athlete’s performance earned him first team all-tournament. After an official visit to the Niagara University campus in October, Blanks made his decision.

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