Bobby Banks Commits to Central Michigan

Central Michigan added their fourth 2015 commit as Southfield (Mich.) Christian RB / LB Bobby Banks issued his verbal to the Chips yesterday.

In Central Michigan's revitalized approach to recruiting this offseason, the Chippewas are off to a hot start in the 2015 class. With three recruits already issuing their verbal commitment to CMU in the month of March, the Chips added commit number four with the announcement of Southfield (Mich.) Christian running back Bobby Banks.

Banks, who started at both running back and linebacker for the Eagles in 2013, reflected on his junior season in which he carried the ball 164 times for 1,1153 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"For me individually, it went really well in my opinion," said Banks. "It was probably the season I will remember the most out since I've been playing football. Team-wise, we all came together for an actual purpose, to contend for a state title. That dream was shot down by Loyola, but that dream may still be a reality as we have them this upcoming season."

After a productive season that was cut short by a 50-7 loss to Loyola in the playoffs, Banks has seen his recruitment pick up with a couple interested suitors showing the most interest.

"It's been Central, they offered me, but then Iowa from the Big Ten is interested in me as well," said Baniks. "My coach had called me and told me that [defensive line] coach [George] Ricumstrict wanted to talk to me. Me and my mom called coach Ricumstrict and then they wanted me to come up on an unofficial visit to figure some things out and things like that so we did that. Then that exact day we were talking to head coach [Dan] Enos and he offered me."

This visit went a long way in establishing a healthy, open relationship between Banks and the CMU coaching staff- a program of which he has been building his knowledge of as of late. "I am somewhat familiar because one of my friends actually plays for them," said Banks. "His name is Shafer Johnson. He used to go to Southfield Christian, but at that time I wasn't enrolled in the school yet. I had met him a few times and I actually hung out with him and talked to him a little bit.

"I know that they run a pro-style offense and they are hoping to win the MAC Conference this year. They actually have a good chance of doing that in my opinion."

Based on what he has gathered about the Chips thus far, Banks is optimistic about the direction of Central Michigan's program and where he fits in, given the system that by offensive coordinator Morris Watts.

"The kind of back I am is a pure speed and power back. Sometimes when it's necessary I will be a little shifty and things like that. I can head inside then bounce outside because I know for a fact that I can beat kids to the edge and make them look stupid in my opinion on offense."

Even though Banks was offered at running back, he also excels on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker to boot.

"On defense I will bring pain on those who go up against me, even if it's a lineman and because of our division I'm stronger than most of the lineman anyway," said Banks. "I can easily push them and knock them down, whatever I have to do to get the tackle and make sure we don't give up a touch down or even a first down."

This is the fourth commit for CMU in the 2015 class so far, a class that is comprised solely of in-state talent at this point.


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