Another day, another of the Southeast’s top defensive backs becomes a Tiger.
Following on the heels of commitments by in-state defenders Cordrea Tankersley and Ronald Geohaghan the past two days, Travis Banks – an athletic safety from North Florida Christian High in Tallahassee – selected Clemson over finalists Georgia and Alabama.
Banks, who spent the last three days in Clemson at the first session of Dabo Swinney’s high school camp, is rated as the nation’s No. 2 safety and No. 11 player overall in the class of 2012 by ESPN.
“I tried to keep everyone on their toes a little bit,” Blanks told ESPN. “In the end the people at Clemson – the administration, coaches and players – are just great. You really can’t measure the strong relationships I’ve developed at Clemson.”
Banks is rated as a four-star prospect by both Scout and Rivals. He’s ranked as the nation’s No. 27 player by Rivals and is ranked ninth among safeties by Scout.
Over the past two seasons, Blanks has made nearly 200 tackles and has intercepted eight passes. He returned a pair of punts for touchdowns as a junior, and also caught 35 passes for 356 yards and eight scores.
Blanks is Clemson’s seventh commitment for the class of 2012, joining offensive lineman Jay Guillermo of Maryville, TN and Patrick Destefano of Spartanburg, SC; defensive end Shaq Lawson of Central, SC; wide receiver Germone Hopper of Charlotte, NC; and defensive backs Geohaghan and Tankersley.
Blanks, Tankersley, Geohaghan, Hopper and Destefano are all four-star players, while Guillermo and Lawson are rated three-stars.