By Travis Blanks.
Clemson verbal commitment Travis Blanks out of Tallahassee, FL is doing a diary with The Clemson Insider. In this edition, the highly recruited athlete discusses what life has been like for him since committing to the Tigers, what his daily routine consists of, and if he still plans on graduating early and enrolling at Clemson in January.
After committing to Clemson University, my life has gone completely back to how it was before; except for now I am 100% sure of where I’m going to be attending college come January. Every morning I wake up at 5 AM and go to the gym where I do a balanced workout that consists of both weights and running. After the gym, I go to school at 8 AM and then back to practice with my teammates from 2:55 to 6:30 PM.
Because of the fact that I am graduating early, I have to take some classes over the summer session and cannot attend the morning workouts with my teammates. As for the phone calls from other schools trying to get me to change my mind, they haven’t slowed down very much. Schools like Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn continue to call me but I won’t be changing my mind. Even though Clemson is a day trip away and I’m not able to visit as much as I’d like to, it hasn’t been too hard on me because I know for sure that Clemson is where I want to be so I’m not going to be visiting other universities.
So far, the summer workouts are going well for my team and I hope that we will win a state title this year. We look a lot better than we did last year so instead of setting personal goals for myself this season I’m going to focus on bringing home a state championship.
After leaving Clemson’s camp, I’ve stayed in contact with several of the other Tiger commitments like safety Ronnie Geohaghan and punter Bradley Pinion. I also talk some with current Clemson players like Tajh Boyd and Jonathan Meeks. I talk to some recruits that I have met at Clemson’s camp and elsewhere that have yet to make their decisions whenever I have time, but I try not to persuade them to come to Clemson just because I’m going there. I know how the recruiting process is and every prospect handles it differently so I let them do their own thing. I’d love for everyone to come to Clemson but you know that’s not going to be the case.
As for graduating early, it stills makes perfect sense to me. I know that by graduating early I will be able to compete for early playing time and will also be able to get a head start on my studies, two things that are very important to me.