Colorado Leads for Star In-State Defender

<b>Greg Banks</b> is considered to be one of the top five players in the state for next fall. He was offered a scholarship by Nebraska after his sophomore year and Iowa State, CU and UCLA followed suit last week. Banks has been a CU fan his whole life and is good friends with future Buffs <b>Maurice Greer</b>, <b>Jarrell Yates</b> and <b>Maurice Lucas</b>.

Height: 6-5
Weight: 260
40 time: 4.84
Bench: 290
Squat: 525
Clean: 290
From: Denver, Colorado
High School: Montbello

As a junior, Greg Banks had 52 tackles, three sacks, three passes broken up, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He was named second team all-league.

"I have great size, footwork and speed," said Banks. "People think because of how big I am that I can't run, but then I really surprise them."

Montbello head coach Oliver Lucas says of Banks, "He is outstanding on and off the field. He is a stellar individual with great leadership qualities. He has an excellent worth ethic and can really run. Greg reminds me of (former Colorado Mackey award winner and current New England Patriot) Dan Graham, but he is a bit bigger. He will play on Sundays."

Banks has received three offers from Big 12 schools and it sounds like he wants to stay in the region. "I am Big 12 all the way. I was born and raised and Colorado and I definitely want to stay in the Big 12."

He also believes Syracuse is about to offer.

Besides the three Big 12 schools that have offered, Banks likes two more. "Oklahoma is currently reviewing my tape so we'll see what they do. I would also like for Texas to jump on my bandwagon."

He breaks down where these schools stand for him. "Colorado is number one, then OU, then Texas, then Nebraska, then Iowa State, then UCLA.

"I grew up loving the Buffs. I have loved them all my life. I really like coach Barnett. They have gone through the supposed scandal up there and continue to fight through it. I love the location of Boulder, the weather and the facilities. I love their staff and academic system. I have spoken with the strength and conditioning coach and the nutrition coach, too. I think they can really help me get bigger, faster and stronger at Colorado. The only con against them is that I might want to leave the state and see something new."

Banks says that Coach Barnett saw him against Mullen last fall when he was playing middle linebacker. He may stay at the spot this fall despite his size. "I switched back-and-forth last season between linebacker and defensive end and this year I think I will probably play mostly at linebacker. I will play wherever the coaches need me. I think I am a great defensive end, though. I am an excellent pass rusher and run stopper."

The Montbello star used to play with future Buff Maurice Lucas. "He was here as a sophomore before transferring to Rangeview and I was a freshman. I used to play under him. He is an awesome player. I think at this point he is definitely faster and stronger than me. Maurice was an excellent Soccer player, too. I think he is going to do great things up there."

Banks says that whatever school he goes to, he would rather not red-shirt. He also plays basketball where he was a center last year and will probably play next year. "I took this season off so I could focus on football and getting bigger and stronger. I think I'll play again next season."

He says that his parents have left the decision on where he goes to college completely up to him.

This summer he will attend the Iowa State camp with his teammates, but is unsure on any others he may attend. He might visit CU for junior day and says he will definitely attend some spring practices.

Banks carries a 2.7 core GPA and is taking the ACT in April. He will most likely major in Engineering. Other potential majors could be Architecture, Business, Forensic Science, or Law.

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