Blue Devils Land In-State Backer

Adam Banks showed up at Duke's one day camp a relative unknown. After showcasing high levels of strength, technical ability, and speed he left Durham with a scholarship offer. Then, on Monday afternoon, he committed to the Blue Devils.

"He committed today around 2:30 before going to work," said Adam Banks' father, Sam. "He called both Coach Sherrod and Coach Roof to tell them the good news."

Banks, who had picked up an additional offer from Furhman, had been waiting on offer decisions from NC State, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. However as the recruiting process wore on, it became apparent that the decision was easier than expected.

"Wake Forest's staff had just gotten back from vacation and were meeting this week. The same was true of NC State. In the end we sat down and asked him where he wanted to go to school if he had a choice. Duke was the answer."

Even with a verbal commitment, those other offers may still materialize for the 6-foot-5, 230 pounder. And would it impact his decision or force a reconsideration?

"Put it this way, he told Coach Roof that he's not a person who de-commits."

Which must be music to the Duke staff's ears.

As a junior Banks collected 101 tackles including 15 for a loss earning All-Conference, and All-Western North Carolina honors in 2005 while playing defensive end for AC Reynolds. He projects as either a defensive end or outside linebacker for Duke.


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