Conventional wisdom was that the Wisconsin Badgers were done when they got commitment No. 18 earlier in the day from speedy Indiana wide receiver Isaac Guerendo. Not…so…fast…my…friends.
Just a few hours later and UW snapped up a big commitment from Humble (Texas) Atascocita cornerback Travian Blaylock. It was thought that this was going to be a tough battle to the end with Stanford, who offered after having seen him in person at a camp.
However, it was his visit to Madison before that that eventually won out and with the class about to be full to the brim, Blaylock committed to the Badgers coaching staff on Thursday night.
“I just did a lot of praying, my family supported me a lot,” said Blaylock to our recruiting partners at Badger247. “Just a lot of prayer led me to Wisconsin.
“It was very, very, very close. Stanford was almost my dream school coming into my freshman year. That was always the school I wanted to go to.
“But after visiting Wisconsin and meeting the coaches, I feel like I fit there the best. I feel like I’m making the right decision.”
Wisconsin gets its second cornerback in the class, joining California prospect Alexander Smith. Blaylock, a 5-11, 176-pound corner is the No. 152 ranked cornerback in the county and the No. 187 ranked player in the state of Texas.
Accepting his commitment also means things will be changing for some of Wisconsin’s top priorities so far this summer.
It will make things interesting for the recruitment of fellow three-star cornerback Marquise Williams, whom the Badgers have been full-court pressing for a commitment for some time now. Is the class too full for Williams to come on board or will attrition allow for Williams to be added should he pick Wisconsin?
No doubt the Badgers saw both Blaylock and Williams as “plan A” type players, so Williams’ future may be the most interesting thing left for Chryst and Co. in the 2018 recruiting class.
As for Blaylock putting pen to paper, he told Badger247’s Evan Flood that he plans on signing in February with his friends at school. He would be open to a December commitment if UW wanted that, but it looks like it will be national signing day party for him in the end.