April 15, 2011

Blanks loves competition

North Florida Christian standout Travis Blanks isn't one to rest on his past laurels or accolades.

That, in the proverbial nutshell, is exactly why the 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back is in Athens this weekend to take part in Friday's NIKE Camp at Georgia's Woodruff Practice Facility before going back home to Tallahassee to compete in one being hosted by Florida State.

"I just like to compete, man," Blanks said in an exclusive interview with UGASports before Friday's activities got underway. "I have people ask me all the time why I go to these things (camps); that I've already got plenty of offers and all that. I just tell them I like competing with the best people. There are a lot of people who have offers just like me, but you can't really tell how good you are until you go against guys like that."

At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, the 2012 recruit with over 30 offers said he expects to play safety his senior year, although most schools - like Georgia - are recruiting him to play cornerback once he arrives in college.

Whatever the position, Blanks intends to prove he's the best.

"I'm going to prove I'm the best safety, best corner actually. I'm a corner that plays safety; I'm going to prove that I'm the best one," he said. "It just goes back to me being a competitor, man. When I think I'm better than somebody I'm going to go out and try to prove it. I'm still hungry."

Blanks said he's looking forward to seeing first-hand how the competition stacks up.

"Some of them know who I am," Blanks said. "If they don't, I guarantee they'll know (after the camp)."

Blanks says don't mistake his confidence for arrogance. It's not that way at all.

But when your position is cornerback, or even safety, he said you can't afford to be timid and that's apparently one of the traits coaches like those at Georgia appreciate in the Tallahassee native, who was making his third trip to Athens.

"I've built a good relationship with all the guys on the coaching staff," said Blanks. "They're genuine guys; good Christian guys. They said they'd expect me to come in and be an early contributor."

The Bulldogs are apparently high on Blanks' list as well.

"Right now it's (in no order) Clemson, Auburn, LSU and Georgia, those are some of my top schools," he said. "I don't have a top five, but those will probably be in it."

Prior to competing in Friday's camp, Blanks spent part of the early afternoon taking a walking tour of downtown Athens.

"I'm definitely considering coming here," said Blanks, who plans on enrolling early in whatever school he chooses. "It's nice man, an active place."

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