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Travis Smith rushes the ball during his senior season with the Clarkston Wolves. Photo by Larry Wright (click for larger version)
August 08, 2012 - Travis Smith will be bringing the thunder as he suits up for Trine University football in the fall.

"I feel very lucky to continue," he said about continuing his football career as a member of Thunder. "So many people dream about doing it and I get to do it. I feel lucky and blessed."

He decided in early spring it was where he wanted to go after his visit at Trine in Angola, Ind.

"I really liked Trine better," he said, adding the biggest draw for him was the football players and the coaches.

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"It was how friendly they were," Smith said. "They wanted me to go there and I would be going somewhere I was liked."

He was looking at two other schools. He visited Trine University a few times and each time his decision stayed the same - it was the place for him.

Smith was a three year varsity player for the football, basketball and track teams. It wasn't a hard decision for him which to continue to play in college.

"I knew if I was going to play any sport in college it would be football," he said. "It was an easy decision because I made it a while ago.

He began playing football in fourth grade but was watching it on the weekends long before he started.

"It was something I wanted to go out and try," Smith added. "Once I tried it - I loved it and continued to play."

He joined the Clarkston Varsity football team his sophomore year as a defensive back and wide receiver. Some of his fondest memories include his sophomore year when he was part of the 2009 to finish in the MHSAA Division 1 Semifinal.

Other fond memories are hanging out with his friends and being with teammates as well as finishing his senior year with a close to undefeated season.

Smith added Clarkston football also taught him life lessons as he steps into the future.

"Giving back to the community is one of the big things we try to do," he said. "Also, discipline and respect. You always have respect for your fellow man."

Smith will major in general business.

The Thunder opens their 2012 season Aug. 30 when they host Manchester at 7 p.m.

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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