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Blanks on new offers, leaders

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Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian defensive back Travis Blanks already held an assortment of offers from schools around the country, but on Wednesday that list added a bit of a California flavor with a call from Lane Kiffin and his staff.
"USC offered me earlier today," Blanks said.
For the U.S. Army All-American, the offer from the Trojans wasn't shocking nor unexpected.
"This is what I expect of myself," Blanks said. "It is not really a big surprise for me, because I work hard and that is what I expect for myself."
The 6-foot-1, 193-pound defensive back spoke at length with one of Kiffin's defensive assistants.
"Coach (Willie Mack) Garza, the defensive backs coach, he spoke to me and told me that once he watched my film he loved the way I play up in the alley and also loves my size and coverage ability at safety," Blanks said. "They are one of the schools that like me at safety. He told me that I am his top defensive back on the board."
"I want to play corner," Blanks added. "But I am not against playing safety."
As for making the cross-country trip to Los Angeles, Blanks said it could happen during the college football season or sometime after that.
"If I do, it will be on an official visit due to finances," Blanks said.
Southern Cal wasn't the only California school to come calling today.
"Stanford also offered me today," Blanks said. "I didn't really get to talk to them though."
Earlier this week another top-tier school extended an offer when a team from the Midwest came calling.
"Nebraska offered me like two days ago," Blanks said. "I didn't get to talk with the coaches there yet about the offer. One of their coaches had previously been talking to me - Ross Els, their linebacker coach. They just got a new defensive backs coach (Corey Raymond) and I had spoken with him about two or three weeks ago about things also."
Blanks, who is over 20 offers, set the record straight in regards to having a list of favorites.
"Georgia, Auburn, and Alabama, they are some of my favorites," Blanks said. "There are quite a few, about 13 or 14 schools in there. LSU, Clemson, Arkansas, Ohio State, and others. Some of them I haven't been able to see yet though, so that is what I am hoping to do soon to learn more about schools."
When asked if there was one individual school in the lead, Blanks said he intends to be patient with the process and fully evaluate his options.
"There isn't a top school at this instance that is out ahead of everybody," Blanks said. "I like Auburn a lot, but when I went to Clemson and Georgia I pretty much felt the same way about them as I did about Auburn. I just need to see more schools and evaluate all my options."
The Sunshine State defender has previously visited Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, and others. He plans to continue to hit the road, starting with some trips over his upcoming spring break.
"I am planning to go to Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, and possibly South Carolina during that week of spring break," Blanks said.
While Blanks isn't close to a decision at this time, he is pretty confident that he will be taking his talents to a school outside of Florida.
"I would say it is about 70% at this time," Blanks said of leaving the state. "There are a number of factors. I want to get out and network with a lot of people. College is a defining point in your life and it is a time away where you develop a lot. That is part of the reason I want to leave, but there are a lot of other different factors also."
As a junior, Blanks recorded over 100 tackles and four interceptions.
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