Player Spotlight: Travis Custis

Travis Custis had a breakout junior season at Georgia's Lovejoy High School rushing for more than 1,800 yards and leading the Wildcats to the state final. For his efforts, the 6-foot, 203-pound running back was named 2011 First Team All-State by the GSWA. Although he was recognized by the media for his performance, Custis wasn't entirely pleased with the season.


"Yeah, I feel like I could have really done a lot more," said Travis Custis. "I did see my vision improve during the season. My speed and a lot of my technique, like footwork, you could see a difference in. We lost [in the state championship] to Tucker, and I didn't really have that great of a game."

Custis turned in a magnificent performance during the season against Creekside rushing for a career-high 269 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns. He was the Wildcats' workhorse in the play-offs rushing for 162 yards in the Upson-Lee game and for 203 yards in the Ware County game. It was the last game against Tucker that sticks in Custis's mind. He was held to only 33 yards rushing, and his team was defeat 22-7 in the Georgia Dome.

"As a senior I want my focus to be on the classroom," Custis said. "I want to build my confidence in public speaking for giving interviews. I'd love to get back to the Georgia Dome though for another shot at the championship. We have a lot of contributors returning, so I think we're going to have a good team again next season."

Before that gets underway Custis is planning a big March agenda filled with camps, combines and Junior Day visits.

"I'll be at Clemson on March 3rd, Georgia Tech on March 10th, and Ole Miss on March 16th," Custis said. "I'm also going to be at a Nike camp in Atlanta on the 16th [of March]. I'm going to try and work some more campus visits in during April and May and most likely will be at some more camps over the summer."

Custis reports offers from Boston College, Mississippi State, Miami, Purdue, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, USF, and Vanderbilt.

"I haven't yet checked them out," Custis said of the prospective universities. "I'm going to try and visit them all, and don't plan on making an early commitment. I want to find a school that offers a lot of support for their student-athletes. As far as finding the right offense, I love playing in the I."

Custis wears No. 22 for the Lovejoy Wildcats. The team made it to the first state championship game in school history under head coach Al Hughes. Custis will return to track in the spring and try to best his lowest 40-time of 4.47.

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