June 23, 2008

Banks back from Ohio State visit

In the past half a week the Buckeyes have landed a pair of commits with family ties to the Ohio State football program and on Sunday another Buckeye Legacy recruit was on campus to check things out. McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour high school athlete E.J. Banks is the cousin of former Buckeye Joey Galloway and the 5-foot-11, 181-pounder enjoyed his visit with the Ohio State coaching staff and team and even though he didn't offer a commitment on the trip still thinks very highly of the Buckeyes.

"Coach Tressel is so down to earth and really easy to talk to type of guy," Banks said. "Coach Haynes, who would be my position coach, he is a really cool guy and all of the players are really good people so overall it was a good visit."

The three star has been listed by Rivals.com as an athlete but several schools have been looking at defense for Banks. Where have the Buckeyes talked to Banks about playing if he were to end up in Columbus?

"Coach Tressel says that they would probably end up throwing me around all over the place," Banks said. "He asked me what position would I want to play and I told him either corner or safety. They told me that that might be hard because the wide receiver coach would like to use me but he said that I could pretty much play either corner or receiver."

Ohio State has picked up several commitments over the past couple of days and has seen the class eclipse the 20-man mark. Has the coaching staff mentioned anything to Banks about the possibility of spots that are here today being gone tomorrow?

"They are not rushing me or anything and have told me to take my time and go wherever my heart leads me is what coach Tressel has been saying," Banks said. "They said that they understand and that they got me out here (to visit) so they can't ask for too much more."

Banks knows all about what the Buckeyes are able to do with on the field performance and success on the football field but his like of Ohio State goes deeper than that and has a lot to do with the people who make up the program itself.

"It is just the people there, there are good people and they take care of you," Banks said. "They are good people that you can trust. When you go home you want to go to your family but whenever you are away from your family you want to have something that is just like that, so that is what I like about the people at Ohio State."

Of course famous cousin Galloway likes the people around the program being distinguished alum, what advice has he given Banks?

"He took me aside and told me to go wherever I feel like going and that he wasn't going to sit there and tell me to go to Ohio State if it was wrong for me," Banks said.

Currently Ohio State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are at the top of Banks' list. The Fighting Irish have made quite an impression with the talented Keystone State player. What is it that sets Notre Dame apart?

"With coach (Corwin) Brown, I like him a lot and how he talks and the way he tells me that he is going to teach me the game," Banks said. "When I went up there he showing me on tape what they do in drills… He won't just do drills to do them but he does them for a reason (and showed me with game situations). I like his coaching style and how he is down to earth as well."

Banks is planning on visiting Notre Dame this coming week and wants to sit down and talk with some of the academic people just like he did this past week in Columbus. Banks would like to pursue a degree in the engineering field and also would like to graduate high school early to get a jump on his college career and wants to make sure that his college destination has everything he needs for his academic pursuits in tandem with his athletic ones.

Is there any sort of timeline in place for Banks in making a decision?

"I am probably going to wait for my official (visits) to go back and double check," Banks said.

Ultimately what will put one school on top of everyone else?

"It is going to be the place I am proud to call home," Banks said. "I am going to be there for the majority of the next five or so year and do I want to live there and be surrounding by those people and would I have lived there if I wasn't playing football. That is what I am trying to bring into it all."

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