April 19th, 2011 12:15pm

State’s top safeties ponder Gators

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Travis Blanks (319) and Marcus Maye (210) stayed close at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp in Tallahassee, Fla. (Photo by Jeff Barlis)

Travis Blanks loves to compete. How else could you explain one of the nation’s finest safeties (who has a ton of offers) taking part in not one but two Nike Football Training Camps in one weekend?

“The competition level, man,” said Blanks, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Tallahassee, Fla., North Florida Christian. “I just came from Nike camp in Georgia and the intensity level and the competition wasn’t as high, but here man, it’s Florida. You’ve got guys coming from south Florida, central Florida, north Florida. It’s a lot of competition out here. This is a group of pretty good guys.”

Travis Blanks

One of those guys is Marcus Maye, a similarly sized safety. Maye is 6-1, 180 from Melbourne, Fla., Holy Trinity. The two stuck together throughout Sunday’s Nike camp in Tallahassee.

“Marcus is one of my good friends,” Blanks said. “We played against each other our freshman year and we’ve been cool ever since. We’re very similar in our game. We can relate to each other on a lot of stuff.”

Some of that stuff is being recruited by major Division-I programs. Blanks says he would love to line up at cornerback next to Maye at safety in college, but the greater likelihood is that both will be recruited as safeties and therefore end up at different schools.

Blanks, who took home MVP honors among the Tallahassee camp’s defensive backs, is hard to read when it comes to picking his top schools.

“I don’t really have a leader right now,” Blanks said. “A bunch of good schools are recruiting me. I don’t think there will ever be a point in the process where I’ll have a clear leader, because the schools are just too good. So I’m just analyzing all of my options. Maybe I’ll narrow it down towards the end of the summer to a top five.”

Blanks plans to graduate early and enroll early, so he’ll have to pick a college by early January. Some think the favorites to land Blanks’ services are Alabama, Florida State and Florida, perhaps because of proximity.

“All those are schools I am considering, all those will probably be in my top 10,” Blanks said, “but a lot of schools like Auburn, Georgia, Clemson are also in there with that group, too. But as far as FSU being the leader or Florida being the leader? No, that’s not the case.”

At this time it doesn’t seem like Florida is high on Blanks’ list. He said the coaching staff has tried to get him on the phone with coach Will Muschamp, but Blanks has been too busy. He did say he would like to visit over the summer, so UF is not out of the running.

Maye is a more likely future Gator. He grew up a Florida fan in Melbourne, a town that produced a couple of Gators — Maye’s cousin, Joe Cohen, and family friend Reggie Nelson. His handful of visits to Gainesville, most recently for the Orange and Blue spring game, have made a very positive impression on Maye, his mother and mentor Tracy Biggs.

“Florida is his No. 1 right now,” said Biggs, assistant football coach at Holy Trinity. “His family really loves Florida, mom loves Florida. … Florida, Alabama, Florida State are the top three. He’s going to make a decision before signing day, some time between the end of the summer and the middle of football season.”

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12 Comments

  1. April 19th, 2011 1:03 pm

    Both sound like good, level headed kids to me.

    by Gator Todd


  2. April 19th, 2011 1:44 pm

    kinda hard to tell exactly what kinda kids they are & what their thinking..
    who does at that age? i know one thing… if a great education and top shelf physical/mental development means anything to em,they need to SERIOUSLY look at what our fine institution has waiting for them..go git em mustchomp !

    by sir chomps alot


  3. April 19th, 2011 1:59 pm

    “His family really loves Florida, mom loves Florida. … ”

    That’s a great sign.

    by jeremy


  4. April 19th, 2011 2:12 pm

    I like that Melbourne/Palm Bay Gator connection with lot’s of talent coming from that area.

    by npgator


  5. April 19th, 2011 2:59 pm

    The 3 most important words about the Maye kid, “mom loves Florida”. Nice

    by Tim T


  6. April 19th, 2011 3:23 pm

    As a Gator from that area of Melbourne, it would be great to have Marcus playing for the Gators and being able to root for him as he developed into a better player and person in Gainesville.

    by jimboE


  7. April 19th, 2011 3:45 pm

    I say go all out for Maye, and leave a blank notice for the Blanks kid. If he’s “too busy” to even get on the phone he really has no interest in the GATOR program. Let him be, leave the door open but put the effort in another capable player with interest. GO GATORS!!!

    by CREEK GATOR


  8. April 19th, 2011 4:02 pm

    With Tracy Biggs as a monitor, Marcus is in good hands. Love to see him as a gator.

    by bullfalcon


  9. April 19th, 2011 4:49 pm

    I played against Marcus Maye last year even though we won it wasnt fun getting hit by him

    by qualand


  10. April 19th, 2011 11:38 pm

    Marcus Maye is one of the those young men who cannot miss. Classy, kind, fierce, loyal, four sport athlete, and my son played for Tracy Biggs in baseball and he is all about what is right and good in athletics. Trust me. Future Gator

    by Gatordad


  11. April 20th, 2011 9:15 am

    Jeff, how about updating your picture on the front page? It doesn’t quite look like you… Just sayin…

    by willgetin


  12. April 20th, 2011 12:21 pm

    [...] Banks and Marcus Maye — two of the top safeties in the state of Florida are considering the Gators for their collegiate home.Banks tells The Gainesville Sun that he would “love to line up at cornerback next to [...]

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