James Banks: Can We Get a Visit?

We've got the latest stats and information on QB James Banks of Ben Davis High School in Indiana. Banks, ranked as the #2 athletic quarterback in the country by recruiting expert Max Emfinger, has led his team to an 8-0 record and a #9 national ranking. You've heard that he's waiting to take his visits until after the season, and that the Tigers are seriously in the picture. Now find out everything else about this amazing quarterback.

To say this season has been a successful one for James Banks and Ben Davis High School would be an understatement. The Giants come into the final week of the season with an 8-0 record and a #9 National ranking, outscoring their opponents by an average score of 35-8.

On the year, James Banks (6'3,191,4.6) has completed 42 of 89 passes for 577 yards with 5 touchdowns, and 1 interception. On the ground, Banks has 52 rushes for 356 yards and 7 touchdowns and continues to be as elusive as ever. He has also been featured on punt returns, running back 7 punts for over 107 yards.

Being an incredible athlete, of course Banks is playing both ways for his team. In the defensive secondary, Banks has 27 total tackles, with 1 sack and 1 interception.

Ben Davis wraps up their regular season this Friday against Terre Haute North before beginning the first round sectionals on October 20th. Banks has been known to make big plays in big games, and I have a feeling that he's going to make a lot of noise as the Giants plow through the playoffs.

Everyone knows that all the big schools in the midwest are after him, and that he is going to wait until the end of the season to take all of his official visits. Notre Dame, Tennessee, Clemson, Miami, and Michigan figure to be the key players involved, and each of those schools have been a mainstay with Banks throughout the course of the year. His top 5 has not continuously changed like a Marcus Vick or some of the other top prospects in the country, and since Clemson has always been one of his favorites, its seems logical to think there is a great chance we will get an official visit.

"On film, Banks reminds a lot of people of a young Donovan McNabb," says recruiting expert Chris Pool. He stands in the pocket with confidence and poise, has a rocket arm, and the scrambling ability to consistently avoid a serious pash. What I like most about Banks though is that he doesn't get nervous in the pocket. He'll read through his progressions and find the open receiver, and at 6'3, he has no problem in seeing over a taller offensive line.

Even though Ben Davis High School isn't putting the ball up the air as much this year (quite frankly, that haven't needed to), Banks is still one of THE best quarterback prospects in the nation. He has all kinds of skills working in his favor: a strong arm, lightning fast quickness, unlimited athleticism, and intelligence on the field.

Right now, there isn't a quarterback in the country that could complement a player like Will Proctor better than this kid. A future quarterback controversy between Proctor and Banks is something that I want to be talking about in a few years, and I'm sure Tommy Bowden wouldn't have any problems with that either.

The key piece to the James Banks-to-Clemson puzzle is the official visit, and it looks like the Tigers are going to get one. If you'd like to compare him to our current talent at the quarterback position, you'd say that he's got the scrambling ability of Woody Dantzler, the arm and pocket presence of Willie Simmons, PLUS he's a good two to three inches taller than either one.

People talk about taking the Clemson football program to the next level; well it all starts here, with athletes like Banks. These are kinds of players that Tommy Bowden will have to continue to sign over the course of the next few years to really take this program to unparalleled heights.

Need I say more?

We will continue to keep you updated on James Banks throughout the rest of the season.

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