Travian Blaylock may not have the long list of offers that some other top corners in Texas do, but to think that means he’s any less talented is a drastic underestimation.
Blaylock proved quite capable during his Rivals Three Stripe Camp presented by Adidas last Sunday in New Orleans, and came away with an offer from Louisiana-Monroe following the event. Prior to the camp, he made a stop in Baton Rouge for a look at LSU.
“It was great,” he said. “I got to go to a team meeting and see how the practice was run with the intensity they have. It was really exciting to get out there and see the indoor practice facility, see their practice and how it’s ran – high energy and it was a great experience.”
Blaylock also gave high marks to Ed Orgeron, who lived up to his reputation as a strong recruiter, and found ways to sneak in a couple of words with him during afternoon training.
“The head coach was really active in practice,” he said. “He was always coming up to me and my dad saying ‘its really great you’re here’ and it really opened my eyes that he did care and he really appreciated us being here and it was a great overall experience.”
Blaylock also holds offers from Arkansas State and Louisiana-Lafayette, but should see the number of interested teams grow during the spring.
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“The tradition is huge, that they just have such a history of being such a great team,” he said. “They’re basically DBU and all that, so if I had a chance to go there and perfect my skills and enhance my craft, that would be great because they obviously know what they’re doing.”
His reaction to A-State, ULL & ULM offers:
“Anytime a school has the faith in you that you can come in and do something good with their program, that’s always good to have,” he said. “For me it’s not just about getting offers, it’s about the academics and I have to make sure that school is right for me.”
“It feels good, but I still have work to do,” he said. “I always have work to do. I’m just always trying to get better and more offers will come. It’s just a matter of going through the process and just being ready for anything.”
Blaylock will eventually end up pulling offers from some bigger FBS programs, but said that the tight schedule he’s been on between camps and track season has made it difficult to make more campus visits. In the meantime, it’s actually somewhat surprising that the teams that have offered haven’t been taking the opportunity to be more active in his recruitment to this point.
“It’s just been a phone call here and there,” he said. “I think once I’m able to get out to those schools to view the facilities and see them in person, that’s when I think I’ll see if I click with them on that type of level.”