By Travis Blanks.
CLEMSON, SC- Clemson verbal commitment Travis Blanks, the highest rated player in the Tigers’ 2012 class agreed to do a diary with TheClemsonInsider.com. In this edition, Travis talks about his season, his relationship with position coach Charlie Harbison, and Clemson’s season so far.
My season is continuing to go well as my team has made it to the 3rd round of the play offs. This week we face off against Warner Christian. I am playing again after sitting for a few weeks with a hamstring injury and I’m very happy to be out there and helping my team hopefully win a State Championship.
This is a big week for Clemson football as they get ready to play the ACC Championship game. I know that they haven’t played their best football the past few weeks but everyone needs to realize that all football players make mistakes, they’re not perfect. However, I believe that they’re going to come out this week and play well because the ACC Championship is on the line; this is what they’ve worked for all season long.
I will be going to the ACC Championship game in Charlotte this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s actually my 18th birthday on Saturday so hopefully the Tigers will win to make the day even better.
When I committed to Clemson this summer, one of the main reasons why was because of my strong relationship with Coach Harbison. Before spending a lot of time with him, I felt comfortable talking to him about everything. We talk about football, our faith, school, etc. He’s a person that I can always rely on. I talked to him this week actually, he called me at 6 AM and we prayed together and just had a great conversation. That’s the type of relationship you hope to have with your position coach.
When I get to Clemson I hope to make an impact early and Coach Harbison has told me that no starting spot is promised, that I’ll have to work for my playing time, which is something I’m more than willing to do. I hope though that by enrolling early and having 5-6 months school without a football season I’ll be able to adjust to both school and football at the college level easily. By enrolling early, I’ll have extra time to learn the defense from my teammates and coaches so when it comes time for fall camp I’ll feel prepared.
School is going well, I’ve finished two of my online classes and have gotten back my SAT scores and everything is ready to go. I’m very excited to get to Clemson in January however I’m doing my best to focus on my football season now and winning the state championship before focusing solely on Clemson.