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2018 Early Signing Period: CB Travian Blaylock signs with Wisconsin

A talented defensive back heads north to Madison.

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Class of 2018 CB Travian Blaylock

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
CB 6'0 180 Humble, Tex. (Atascocita) Three stars; No. 53 CB

I don’t know if you remember the Big Ten Championship game from a few weeks ago, because I sure don’t, but I’ve been told “team speed” was a problem for the Wisconsin Badgers. If that’s true then three star cornerback Travian Blaylock will be a welcome addition to the Badgers’ secondary.

The Humble, Tex.,(Atascocita) native stars for the football team as well as the track team, recording an 11.01 second 100 meter dash as a junior. Blaylock is also the son of former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets running back, Derrick Blaylock, so he comes from an athletic family.

Lastly, if you take a peek at his offer list you’ll see that Blaylock is a smart kid. He held offers from multiple Ivy League schools, all three military academies and Stanford. At the risk of him coming to Minnesota and beating me up I won’t call him a nerd, but we all know the deal.

Rankings

247Sports (composite): 3 stars; Grade: 0.8721; No. 582 player. No. 53 CB; No. 79 TX

247Sports: 3 stars; Grade 87; No. 522 player; No. 48 CB No. 68 TX

ESPN: 3 stars; Grade: 77; No. 68 CB; No. 169 Regional; No. 136 TX

Rivals: 3 stars; No. 55 CB; No. 68 TX

Verbally committed on July 6, 2017

Blaylock was the 18th commitment for the Badgers class of 2018 and the second from the state where everything is bigger, joining tailback Nakia Watson in the journey north to Madison. His only worry about committing to the Badgers was the weather, according to an interview he did with Land of 10’s Jesse Temple, but the snow was not enough to deter the Texas product from wanting to put on the cardinal and white.

Going back to Blaylock’s speed for a moment let’s take a peek at what Jake wrote when he committed.

Participating in the Opening Regional in Houston back in February, Blaylock ran a 4.76-second 40-yard dash and 37.9” vertical jump. A source told BadgerBlitz.com’s Jon McNamara that the prep recruit ran a hand-timed 4.45-second 40-yard dash during an Oklahoma State camp.

He’s not just a fast corner though. Watch the first video below and you’ll see a kid who loves to fight through blocks and lower the boom on ball carriers. There is even a sequence near the end of the video that is just highlights of him knocking over blockers. Blaylock may, in my extremely amateur opinion, get moved to safety later in his career, if he bulks up a little, because of his apparent love of smacking dudes in the ribs.

According to 247Sports, Blaylock held offers from Air Force, Kansas State, Army, Navy, Stanford, Washington State, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and various smaller Texas and Louisiana schools.

Video highlights

Bio (courtesy of UWBadgers.com)

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … earned all-area and all-conference honors as a junior and sophomore … recorded 149 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, 5 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles for his career … finished with 30 tackles, 3 interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a senior … racked up 84 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs, and 12 pass breakups as a junior … notched 35 tackles, 3.0 TFLs, 4 pass breakups, 1 interception and 3 forced fumbles as a sophomore … also competed in track and field, finishing second at the Class 6A state championships in the triple jump as a junior (49 feet, 7 1/4 inches) … coach was Craig Stump

Personal: Parents are Derrick and Kristen Blaylock … father played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets from 2001 to 2007