Tallahassee, FL - In a span of seven months, Travis Blanks was homecoming king, won a state football title, graduated from high school and finished his first semester as a Clemson Tiger.
"I did exactly what I expected of myself," Blanks said. "I went in did well academically first, got acclimated on the team, earned the respect of my teammates and my coaches and I had a pretty good Spring. That's exactly what I expected of myself."
Blanks had this plan since he was a junior at North Florida Christian.
During his week off, he's visited NFC and his friends, who still have a few weeks left until they graduate.
But on Thursday afternoon, Blanks plan for this day is typical. He's working out preparing for August in Death Valley.
"I'm supposed to be in high school still," said Blanks, who will play Safety at Clemson. "Just to have the opportunity to be on the team and get that amount of reps on the football team already this early, it's awesome."
While the All-American excelled as an Eagle, he found out that it's not so easy as a Tiger.
"The only thing that's changed is the caliber of athlete." Blanks said.
"In high school, I was undoubtedly one of the best players on the field at all times. But, now, everyone is like that."
Off the field, he says, time management has been the biggest challenge. But, with a semester under his belt, he says he's taking the right steps.
"This summer in college is one of the most crucial two-month periods of time. So I'm just going in with the focus that I have to do what it takes," he said.