Peach state DE visits Clemson

This 6-foot-2, 263-pound defensive end was in Clemson for Junior Day, and he plans to be back in Tigertown later this summer.

DE Ladarius Banks Profile

East Paulding High School (Dallas, Ga.) junior defensive end Ladarius Banks enjoyed the Saturday visit to Clemson. Since making that trip, the Tigers are starting are starting to catch his attention.

"They stand out to me, because when you're going to school, you're not just going to play football," he told after the visit. "You're going for academics. Coach Dabo Swinney really emphasizes you going to class. His job is to graduate you. It's not just on the field. You've got to make sure you get your degree, so you have something outside of football."

Banks first contact from Clemson was over two months ago, from running backs coach Tony Elliott. On Saturday, he was one of the first prospects to arrive for the event.

"I got there around 8," Banks said. "Junior Day didn't start until 10, but I got there pretty early."

What stood out?

"Just seeing around campus, seeing coach Elliott. I bonded with coach Elliott and the defensive ends coach," Banks said.

This spring, he's also visited Georgia Tech and Georgia. He'll be back in Athens of Friday for the Nike Football Training Camp.

In the summer, he plans to camp at Clemson, Georgia, Miami and possibly Tennessee.

Illinois is Banks' only offer, but he's also receiving interest from Wake Forest and Louisville.

As a junior, Banks had 55 tackles and seven sacks. Top Stories