Tallahassee, FL -- Already regarded as one of the top prospects in the 2012 class at his position, Travis Blanks will have the opportunity to go up against some of the top players in his class at the U.S. Army All American Bowl.
"Tim Tebow was there, Andrew Luck, Marcus Lattimore, Adrian Peterson. Guys like that, they're in the NFL now," says NFC senior Travis Blanks. "That just speaks a lot about what the U.S. Army All-American Association is about."
Blanks becomes the first player from North Florida Christian to be named a U.S. Army All-American, and the first to play in a high school national bowl since Ernie Sims played in the 2003 California-Florida bowl.
Travis adds, "That's pretty big. Just to be, in NFC history, as the first guy to actually play in the U.S. Army All-American game, that will mean a lot."
"I think what' unique about them is they all have the same characteristics in the fact about their work ethic," adds NFC head coach Robert Craft. "They understand they've been blessed with a lot of talent."
He was offered to play in the Under Armour bowl held in Orlando, but the Army offered him first and he stuck to his commitment.
Travis adds, "This one has more prestige to it. It's just a little bit more honorable than the Under Armour. That's just how I feel about it."
He said this will have no effect on his spring semester at Clemson. After the game he will fly to Tallahassee to spend a few days home before heading to college.