By all accounts, Kyle Travis is a pretty laid back guy. He always believed he could play college football at the highest level. But he wasn’t tossing and turning in angst when the calendar flipped to 2011 and he still didn’t have an FBS offer.
“I wasn’t really worried about it,” said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound linebacker. “I knew I could play. I just thought somebody would come along eventually.”
That somebody ended up being Georgia Tech, and Travis couldn’t be happier about it. Travis accepted a scholarship offer from the Yellow Jackets after taking an official visit this past weekend. He was one of three recruits to jump on board with Tech this week.
“I had been talking to Tech for a while,” said Travis, who also played offensive line, defensive line and fullback for the War Eagles (6-5). “Coach [Paul] Johnson told me if they had the numbers they’d offer me. Then nothing really happened. A couple of nights ago Coach Johnson called me and asked me if I’d take an official visit. I said ‘absolutely.’ About three days before I went I’d gotten word they were probably going to offer me, so it wasn’t really unexpected. But I was really excited when it finally happened. I committed right away.”
Before Tech stepped up, Travis was holding only an offer from Georgia Southern. But he said he was OK with following that path if it was the only one for him.
“The previous year, I wasn’t really marketed as a college prospect,” who played then under former coach Wendell Early. “Then Coach [Jeff] Arnette came to [South Forsyth] and he really helped me out a lot. He did everything for me. He knows a lot of college coaches and he let them know about me and got my film out there and stuff like that. I can’t thank him enough.”
While Travis spent the majority of his time playing fullback and defensive end for South Forsyth, he’s expected to play outside linebacker in defensive coordinator Al Groh’s 3-4 defense. It’s one of the more demanding positions on the field.
“I’ll be able to handle it,” he said. “I played fullback in high school and they like that. I’m looking forward to playing it. My coach says I’m a prototypical outside linebacker. We’ll see.”
Travis is excited just to find out.
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog