Coach West Recruiting Junior DT

One of the top 20 juniors in South Carolina, a big defensive tackle out of Denmark-Olar, has the Tigers high on his early list of top schools.

Nicholas Banks, a member of the's Top 30 juniors in South Carolina, will be one of the top defensive tackles in the Palmetto state next season.

The 6-4, 295 pound prospect had an outstanding junior season for Denmark-Olar High. "I did pretty good overall. I had 68 tackles and three sacks this year. I also had ten tackles for loss," Banks told in a recent interview.

The talented defensive tackle is waiting on his first official scholarship offer, but several schools, including both Clemson and South Carolina, are already showing interest. "I don't have any offers yet. Michigan, South Carolina and Clemson are all showing interest right now," he said.

Who is recruiting the rising senior the hardest? "They are all recruiting me about the same right now," he responded. "I don't know a whole lot about all the schools, but I'd like to make an early commitment [once he does know more].

Clemson fans will be pleased to hear which in-state school Banks grew up rooting for, "Yeah I grew up pulling for Clemson," he said.

What about strengths on the field? Banks said he feels as though he has several parts of his game that already strong, but he also has several areas that need improvement.

"Right now, my strengths are that I have good moves and my bull rush," he said. "But I am going to work on my speed next year. I want to get my 40-time down to 4.6. I also want to work on my squats."

The Tigers should get a camp visit from Banks this summer. "I would like to camp at Clemson and Georgia. I would also like to go to Wake Forest and probably Wofford."

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