By Travis Blanks.
Clemson verbal commitment, Travis Blanks, the highest ranked player in the Tiger’s 2012 recruiting class is doing a diary with TheClemsonInsider.com. In this entry, Travis talks about his trip to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Fitness event The Opening, where he competed against some of the top players in the nation.
Participating in The Opening was definitely a great experience. I was able to compete against 150 of the top players in the nation, and get coached by former and current NFL players. It was such a great opportunity, and I feel blessed to have been invited.
Superstars like Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Bowe, and Joe Haden were present at this event and I had time to sit and talk with all of them which was great. I especially enjoyed meeting Joe Haden, the cornerback for the Cleveland Browns. I talked to him longer than anyone else and was able to ask him a few questions such as “What’s the transition like from high school to college and then from college to NFL”?
Although my team in the Nike 7 on tournament struggled, ending with a record of 1-4, I ended up making the All Tournament Team which was an honor.
I’m not one to try and recruit other players to join me at Clemson but I definitely was asked a lot by other guys why I made the decision I did. Everyone wanted to know about Clemson. At The Opening, I got to spend some time with the other Clemson commits that attended which was great seeing that I’ll be spending the next 4-5 years of my life playing ball with these guys.
Now that I’m home from The Opening, I’m putting all of my focus on my high school team and school. I’m working out on my own and also with my team every day and attending summer classes so I’ll be able to enroll at Clemson in January so I’ve definitely stayed busy.
I hope to make a trip up to Clemson for one of the home games this fall and cannot wait to watch my future teammates play in Death Valley.