Rodriguez a difference maker for Banda

Jack Banda is straight-forward as to why he chose Arizona. Read on for thoughts on his new head coach, future contributions, and more.

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Jack Banda committed to Arizona because of one reason.

"I chose Arizona because of Coach Rodriguez," Banda said. "I really like his vision for the program and where he wants to take it. He wants to attack on both sides of the ball and that is what players want to do.

"Defensively, his coordinators employ a bunch of different looks and count on their players to be able to apply pressure to the quarterback, but also play the run and drop if need be."

In addition, Banda believes that Arizona has a bright future and he wants to be a part of it.

"You have to like the direction the program is headed and I could really feel that when I was there," he said. "Coach Rodriguez did a really good job last year winning a bowl game and making a huge improvement. The way the team kept fighting all season was impressive.

"Not a lot was expected from them, but they still had some huge wins and each time they faced a setback they always fought back and that is definitely a reflection on the coaches."

Banda has been training especially hard in order to be able to contribute as soon as possible.

"Like most other guys, he wants me to come in and be ready to play, so I'm working hard to get on the field next year," Banda said. "I think my strengths right now are my speed and motor. I go hard on every play and really try to pressure the offense.

"I need to get stronger and more powerful at the point of attack, so my training is really directed in that area. I want to put on good weight that will help me adjust to the next level."

In terms of his academics, Banda is taking more of a patient approach.

"I would like to major in some kind of engineering," Banda said. "I'm not exactly sure what, so I'll have to talk with the counselors and see what they would suggest.

"If not, I can look in a different direction because I don't have to make a decision for a few years while I get my core classes done."

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