Blanks rolling through the summer

Travis Blanks, who still has a few plans left in what's been a busy month of July, recently wrapped up a trip to one of the seven finalists he listed back in April.

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On July 14, the No. 8 ranked safety in the class of 2012 began a three-day trip to TCU. Blanks told about the visit after he made a commitment to Clemson.

"That was fun. I enjoyed myself down there," he told on Monday.

Regardless, his commitment to the Tigers is firm.

"That won't affect anything," Blanks said.

The visit had been scheduled before his summer began, before he joined Clemson's class in June. And the Tiger coaches didn't pressure him into cancelling his plans.

"At that point, there was nothing they really could have done," Blanks said. "I had already booked my flight and everything."

Before the TCU trip, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound defensive back from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla. was in Beaverton, Ore. for The Opening, a five-day Nike combine/camp/7-on-7 competition.

A Nike Football Training Camp participant in Athens, Ga. and Tallahassee, he said The Opening had a higher level of play.

"As far as competition goes, it didn't absolutely obliterate some of the competition at some of the [other] Nike camps," Blanks said. "There were still some good guys there…it was exactly what I expected. I expected to go there and be one of the top guys. I think I was one of the top guys there.

"But, overall, it was definitely an amazing opportunity and measure my talents."

He'll head to the Disney Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. for Gridiron Kings.

Blanks hoped to be in Clemson two weeks from now, but he had to cancel the visit. High School ball is just around the corner. In three weeks, he starts practice.

His goal for the fall is simple.

"I just want to lead my team a state championship," Blanks said. Top Stories