Yesterday, the Wisconsin Badgers were able to improve their 2018 recruiting class as cornerback Travian Blaylock announced his desire to be a Badger via Twitter.
Blaylock chose Wisconsin over a variety of successful NCAA football programs including Stanford and Kansas State. Blaylock is the 19th commit for Wisconsin’s class of 2018 and is Wisconsin’s second recruit from the state of Texas. Standing at around six feet tall and weighing at around 175 pounds, Blaylock has the size to be a potential shutdown cornerback in the Big Ten and could be the missing piece that the Badgers have needed in order to make a college football playoff appearance.
Blaylock’s decision was impacted heavily by the Badgers’ new defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. Blaylock loved that Leonhard played in the NFL and believed that Leonhard would do a successful job preparing players for the next level.
“The fact he played in the NFL, that’s huge,” Blaylock told 247 Sports’ Evan Flood. “I feel like the film he showed me when I was up there, the stuff he’s teaching his guys, it prepares them for the next level. Him being right out of the league, he has the freshest amount of coaching from the top level.”
“I’m going to Wisconsin. They’ve been committed to me. If a school is committed to you, you have to be committed to the school. Once I say I’m doing something, I’m doing it.”
Blaylock comes from a successful football family and he hopes to build on his family’s previous success. His father is former NFL running back Derrick Blaylock who played for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets over his six-year NFL career.
As of right now, Blaylock joins Alexander Smith as the only 2018 cornerback commits for the Badgers. This cornerback tandem has the size and speed to create havoc for opposing quarterbacks and can help keep the Badgers’ defense at an elite level.
Several reports have indicated that Blaylock will be the team’s final signing for 2018, which would mark an end to Paul Chryst’s impressive haul.