Duke In Early on '11 Ga RB Prospect

Travius Porter, 2011 prospect from Carver High School in Atlanta, Ga., is a standout on the field and in the classroom. Last fall he played multiple positions for Carver and helped lead them to a first round play-off appearance. He has played one position in particular throughout his high school career, and he believes this is where he'll play at the collegiate level.

"I've played a lot of different positions so far in my high school career," Travius Porter stated. "I played some quarterback my freshman year. This year I played on all of the special teams, and I was our kicker on extra points. And on offense I played in two games at receiver.

"On the season I had 22 tackles, 19 pass break-ups, and two interceptions on defense. When I played wide receiver (two games), I had 10 catches, and one touchdown reception.

"I think my best fit is at cornerback. That's the position that I played all year, and it's the position I'm best at. I'm a hard hitter. I like the intensity of the defensive side of the ball. I see myself as a cornerback in college.

"I'm a very speedy and quick corner. I'm a ball hawk. I like to get in on tackles, too. Not all corners like to do that. I like to be aggressive."

Porter has received a significant amount of mail in his junior year.

"I've received a lot of letters," he said. "I've gotten letters from Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Troy, Mississippi State, Wake Forest, and a few other schools, too. Just about all the letters have said that they're recruiting me and that I'm one of the prospects they're looking at."

The speedster likes five total, three from the ACC.

"I like Wake Forest, Duke, West Virginia, N.C. State, and Troy," he commented. "Those schools are all equal. I don't have a number one school at this time.

"My favorite conference is the ACC. I like the speed of the game in the ACC. I like that schools put an emphasis on defense. The fans are great in that conference. I like the fact that there are a lot of great academic schools in the ACC."

Location will likely play a role for Porter when he decides to commit.

"Location won't be too much of a factor," he said. "I also don't wanna be too far away either. The ACC and SEC is more in my range. West Virginia is in my range, too. I don't mind traveling, just not too far away. I don't wanna be too far away from my family."

Porter won top honors last summer at a camp held by a current NFL player.

"I went to a cornerback's camp last summer," he said. "It was Eric King's camp. He plays for the Detroit Lions. There were a lot of players there. I won MVP at the camp."

"At the camp we did speed and agility drills. In the shuttle I ran a 4.2 (seconds). I was in the top 10 in just about every event at the camp."

The versatile athlete is a standout on the baseball diamond as well. He will compete in two sports this spring.

"I play baseball, too," he said. "I'm very good at baseball. Last year I was rated as one of the top 100 juniors in Georgia.

"I'll be running track this spring, too. I'll probably run the 4x100 and 4x400. I'm doing track to work on my speed."

Porter is the brother of another former Carver standout.

"I wanna follow in my brother's footsteps, Demond Dennis," he commented. "He was a true freshman at New Mexico last year. He led New Mexico in rushing."

"He tells me all about the experience. He's got me wanting to experience what he has experienced. He has showed me how to deal with the recruiting process. We talk to each other everyday."

The Atlanta native will have absolutely no trouble qualifying.

"I took my ACT test as a sophomore," he said. "I scored a 22 on the test. I think that my GPA is about a 3.6 or 3.7 right now. In April 2009, I was the PLAY IT SMART, National Student-Athlete of the month."

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