Travis Taking His Time

Defensive tackle Jamar Travis talks about his summer and shares his thoughts on his favorites.

Brewton, Ala.--While many of the top football prospects around the country have been making early decisions on where to attend college, defensive tackle Jamar Travis from W.S. Neal High has decided to take things a little slower in his recruitment.

Choosing to focus on academics this summer, Travis says things are otherwise going well for him as he prepares for his senior season.

"The summer is going real good," Travis says. "I have been in those extra classes. I have made all A's in them so far so I've made my chances a lot better. I was taking classes from past years, like my ninth and tenth grade years, to ease things up a little bit."

Working to ensure he qualifies next season, Travis has spent his summer making up for time he lost early in his high school career. While it has meant less time on the summer camp circuit, already having offers from Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia Tech and several others made it easy for him to decide to devote time to the books.

"I had planned on doing a lot of camps," Travis says. "They (W.S. Neal advisors) wanted me to go to summer school at the last minute. It changed a lot of things around for me. Already having offers helped make it easier for me to do."

Even though he hasn't had the time to work out for schools, Travis had the opportunity to visit several since the spring with both Auburn and Alabama at the top of his list. It comes as no surprise that those are the two favorites for the 6-1, 299-pounder right now, but he also says that doesn't mean the race is over for other schools.

"As of right now it's just Alabama and Auburn," Travis says. "I want to give a few more schools a couple of visits. I talked to coach Watts at Texas A&M and I want to take a visit out there to see what it's like. I would really like to go visit a school in Florida like Florida or Miami."

Getting ready for his senior year when he's expected to be one of the best players in Alabama, Travis says he's anxious to get things going in a schedule that features games against top programs including UMS Wright out of Mobile. While he's not conceding he won't make his decision sooner, Travis says as of right now he's taking things slowly so he can make the best overall decision for his future.

"I really want to wait until after the season, but it may come during the season," Travis says. "I really want to wait and see how things go. I'm looking for a great coaching staff that will stay with me the whole way. I also want to see which one provides a good education and how the overall team performs."

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