Although his final day of school was Friday, Humble (TX) Atascocita defensive back Travian Blaylock still had some important homework to do.
Sitting down for a lengthy study session with his mom, Blaylock took an in-depth look at his 24 current scholarship offers: surfing the internet and sifting through pamphlets to look at the colleges, the academics, the athletics, the social life and everything else.
And while he’s not ready to officially narrow down his list, the 6-foot, 175-pound senior admitted that the University of Wisconsin really stood out.
“Wisconsin is looking really nice right now, just based on the offers that I have as of right now,” Blaylock told BadgerNation. “Washington State wasn’t too bad either. They were pretty good. They have a really good engineering program, but Wisconsin’s was better. Out of the offers that I have, they had the best engineering program, so that’s exciting. Wisconsin’s football team is really good, too, so you get the best of both worlds.”
That research has prompted Blaylock to try and schedule a flight to possibly visit the Badgers next Friday for the program’s one-day camp and get a campus visit. Although wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore usually recruits Texas, Wisconsin defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard has taken the lead on the Houston-area prospect.
“He’s a very good coach,” Blaylock said. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s played years and years in the N.F.L. He’s had coaching at the highest level and he’s been able to pass it on to the safeties and the corners at Wisconsin. That’s exciting. That’s a big factor, the coaching, and he has that. I feel like if I do end up going to Wisconsin, I’ll be receiving some of the best coaching I can receive from any college in the nation.”
Although listed as a safety, Blaylock is being recruited as a cornerback. He finished last season with 84 tackles, roughly five tackles for loss and at least 12 pass breakups
“I think my biggest strength is my game speed,” Blaylock said. “I play at a very fast pace. I can jam really well. I feel like I’m a physical corner (who’s) not scared to be up in your face, play you one-on-one, jam you up and take you out of your game. I feel combined with my play speed and my physicality, I match-up pretty well against some of the best receivers.”
With Washington State and Wisconsin being his only Power-Five offers of his two dozen, Blaylock will camp for the second straight season at Stanford (June 20). He plans to take some official visits in the fall.
“I’m very excited because I feel like these schools I can go in there and contribute to their program,” Blaylock said. “I’m willing to go in there and give it my all to whatever school I choose. My list of schools can be stressful, having to do research on that stuff, but the options I have is very exciting. I’m looking forward to finishing up this process.”