Former North Florida Christian (NFC) football standout and Clemson redshirt-junior linebacker Travis Blanks confirmed on Tuesday that he will enter the 2016 NFL Draft.
In his senior year at NFC he led the football team to a victory in the Florida 2A state championship game after an undefeated season.In addition to playing safety on the NFCS football team, Blanks was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Coming out of NFCS, Blanks was rated as the #15 overall player and the #2 safety in the nation by ESPN.com.
“I’ve graduated, and I’m going to enter the NFL Draft,” Blanks said. “Just everything that I have gone through in the past two years with the injuries ( is the reason). Being able to come back and be consistent and have a full healthy year with fifteen games played a part. People don’t know how hard that is, number one. Number two, just coming back from the injuries, I just feel like the right time for me is now if I want a legitimate chance to achieve my lifelong dream playing in the NFL. I think the time is right. That’s pretty much all there is to it.”
Blanks went on to say that he has been praying about the decision since the summertime.
“After I came out of surgery,” he said, “I knew I would have to start thinking about my near future.”