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Two-year captain and two-way starter... As senior, posted 64 solo tackles and pair of interceptions as safety for 6-5 Bucks' squad that advanced to 6A state playoffs... Also rushed for 966 yards and 10 TDs... Earned Second Team All-State DB and All-Tennessee Valley DB honors.. Started at cornerback during junior and sophomore seasons... Also lettered as sprinter-jumper in track & field and on baseball squad... Served as school ambassador and member of National Honor Society.
Khari Thomas Blasingame... Born July 1, 1996... Son of Stanley and Tara Blasingame... Has an older sister, Camara... Dad works in engineering management; mom is a podiatric surgeon... Mom is related to U.S. gold medal sprinter Evelyn Ashford... Plays the saxophone.
BUCKHORN COACH DAVID O'CONNOR
"More than anything, I'd like to say what a great teammate Khari has been here at Buckhorn High School. As good a football player as he is, Khari's an even better person. He's always been a teammate first, a young man that cares as much about the success of other guys on the team as his own success.
"Khari is a super, super athlete, really explosive and strong. He's got a frame that can put on more weight, but make no mistake, he'll strike you on the football field.
"I think Vanderbilt is getting an underrated guy in Khari. He's kind of flown under the radar here because the school didn't have great success and he was playing somewhat out of position at cornerback."
Selected Vanderbilt over Minnesota, Northwestern and Middle Tennessee among others