With nearly a dozen offers to his credit, Travis Blanks already projects as one of the nation’s top junior prospects. The cornerback from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla., attended his first Auburn game Saturday.
“It was a great trip,” Blanks said. “Going in I knew I would be excited about it. The Tiger Walk, the atmosphere of the game, it was unbelievable. I loved everything about it.”
Blanks visited Auburn earlier this summer but was blown away by what he saw Saturday as Auburn rallied from 13-point deficit to beat South Carolina 35-27.
“It was probably a little more than I thought it would be,” he said. “Just looking at Auburn, you wouldn’t think it was one of the top programs in the nation but it is.
“The atmosphere and everything was just live. I felt like I wanted to suit up and go out there and get a couple of tackles myself the way the crowd got me so pumped up.”
Blanks spoke with several Auburn coaches before the game including Gene Chizik, who stressed Auburn’s need for cornerbacks.
“Everything Coach Chizik said was true,” Blanks said. “They’re graduating two or three guys before I get there and I definitely see a need for them at cornerback and I definitely think I can come in and contribute early.”
Blanks has offers from Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Clemson, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville, South Florida and Vanderbilt.
Auburn has made a big impression on Blanks who’s not ruling out an early commitment.
“Right now I’m wide open but I must say Auburn has made a good impression on me,” he said. “I have no set day on when I’m going to commit. It may be soon. It may not be. It all depends on how I feel but it is getting close.”
Blanks, who is 6-foot-1 and 187 pounds, has also attended two Florida State games this season and plans to be in Clemson this Saturday for their game against Miami.
Blanks has accounted for five touchdowns in four games this season playing free safety, slot receiver and returning punts. His touchdowns came on a 95-yard interception return, a 60-yard punt return, two receptions including a 48-yarder and a 12-yard run.