Blanchard Showing Interest In Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Although Travon Blanchard committed to Baylor in February, he hasn't given any indication he's still not solid to the Bears programs in the last ten months. That hasn't stopped coaches from trying their best to get the talented 6-foot-3, 180-pound defensive back on campus prior to National Signing Day for one final pitch.

One of the schools remaining in the mix to receive a January visit from Blanchard is Kansas State. spoke with Blanchard on his possible visit to Manhattan.

"I'm really hoping to take all five of my official visits before February 6th," said Travon Blanchard. "My first visit will be to Baylor on January 18th. That gives me less than three weeks to try to fit in four visits but if they would like to have me, I love to travel. I know they'll treat me well on an official visit. I've been talking to Coach Cox and Coach Smith [at Kansas State]. I want to be able to go and check it out. I'm still committed to Baylor, but I'll listen to what they have to say.

"I'm also talking to Randy Shannon at TCU, Coach Prunty at Texas Tech, and David Gibbs at Stephen F. Austin about talking official visits."

Blanchard helped West Orange-Stark High School make a deep run in the Texas 3A Division II playoffs. He moved over from the rover position, where he played as a junior, to more of a traditional strong safety role.

"I would line up about 12 yards over the slot receiver," explained Blanchard. "When I covered the tight end, I lined up closer, probably three step over, because I like to jam my man. Sometimes I'd play in the box right behind the outside linebacker.

"I'm not sure what my final stats were but I was named first team All-District. It was a good year, a fun year. We went four rounds deep in the playoffs. I had been playing with a lot of these guys since the sixth grade. Individually, I improved on recognizing plays by reading the tackles. There was a lot of common sense involved. When it was third and 12, I knew it was a pass situation. But I got better figuring out what they were going to do on first and second down."

Cre Moore and Melvinson Hartfield are projected at cornerback, so an addition of Blanchard at safety (or possibly linebacker with added weight) would certainly big good news for this year's recruiting class. The key will getting the Beaumont area product to take a late January visit to the Little Apple for coaxing purposes.

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