February 13, 2011

Blanks is high on Ohio State's radar

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As always, the state of Florida is absolutely loaded with national-level defensive backs. One of the best of the group is Tallahassee (Fla.) North Christian product Travis Blanks. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect has already collected over 20 scholarship offers from some of the top programs in the nation. Ohio State is among the schools that have offered and Blanks is very high on the Buckeyes' radar.

"I was excited (when Ohio State offered), that was big," Blanks explained. "A prestigious program like that, it was very exciting getting an offer from Ohio State."

So far the only contact that Blanks has had with the Ohio State coaching staff has been through safeties coach Paul Haynes. Blanks is hoping to get a chance to make it up to Columbus in the near future to learn more about the school.

"I was thinking about coming (to Columbus) in the spring, but I haven't really looked too far into it," Blanks explained. "I'm still trying to put some stuff together so as of now I don't really know where I'm going to go (for visits). There's a lot of schools trying to get me up there and obviously I won't be able to make it to all of them but I'm going to try to make a few trips."

With new offers rolling in almost daily, it comes as no surprise that Blanks hasn't even thought about narrowing his list down.

"I'm just kind of looking at everybody right now," he said. "I'm keeping my options open because I'm still getting new offers and everything."

When Blanks does begin to narrow things down, his list will likely include teams from all over the country as he plans to broaden his scope.

"I'm probably going to get out of Florida to tell you the truth, so distance isn't a factor for me," he said.

On the field, Blanks is coming off a huge junior year that saw him make a major impact on offense, defense, and special teams.

"It went well but it wasn't really what I wanted as far as the team aspect," he explained. "We lost four games but it was my best year statistically though. I had 104 tackles, four interceptions, I caught 36 passes for 356 yards, and I returned two punts for a touchdown."

Despite his abilities on the offensive side of the ball and his big year from the safety position, Blanks is hoping to move back to his original position of cornerback at the next level.

"I want to play corner in college," he said. "Basically everybody is looking at me as a defensive back. Some are saying safety and some are saying corner but I would prefer to play corner in college."

For Blanks, the cornerback position is simply where he feels most comfortable and where he feels his talents are best served.

"My freshman year when I came in, I started at cornerback my first time ever playing, it's just what I've been playing," he said. "I had never played safety before this year. I'm a big, physical corner. From a receiver's aspect, I'm just an average receiver but if you look at me from a corner's aspect, I'm a rare corner because you won't find too many corners that are 6'1" 190-pounds and I have pretty good speed and I can hit too, I like destroying people."


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