As a high school football standout at North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, FL. Travis Blanks dreamed of playing at the next level.
Travis received more than 50 scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida State, USC and Auburn and was rated the #15 overall player and #2 safety in the nation by ESPN in the 2011 recruiting class.
In the end, his heart led him to Clemson University where he knew he could grow into a better footballplayer and person.
A three-year starter at Clemson at both safety (2013) and linebacker (2015), Travis earned Freshman All-American honors in 2012.
Although he battled two ACL injuries during his time at Clemson, Travis finished his career with 129 tackles, five for loss, 11 pass break ups, five quarterback pressures and one interception in 1,543 snaps over 39 career games.
Travis was named a permanent team captain of the 2015 Clemson team that defeated Oklahoma in the 2015 Orange Bowl, a part of the College Football Playoff and played for the National Championship against Alabama.
Travis graduated from Clemson in December of 2015 with a degree Sociology and a minor in Religion. After working in Banking where he served as a residential mortgage lender, Travis found his way back to Clemson where he now serves as a Development Officer for IPTAY.
Emmanuel College is excited to welcome Travis to campus on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:30p.m. in the John W. Swails Center.
Travis will not only share his story but will touch on the importance of being a STUDENT athlete. His passion for the game of football is still evident as he serves on the coaching staff at Walhalla High School and travels the southeast as a motivational speaker visiting churches, youth groups, and athletic teams. What is Travis' ultimate goal? To use the gifts and abilities God has given him to serve others.
Written by: Ashley Westbrook