UA commit happy with decision

Defensive lineman Jack Banda has been an Arizona commit for a while now. Read on to see his thoughts on that commitment, his season, and more.

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end and Arizona commit Jack Banda plays on the same line as maybe the most highly regarded prep defender of the past ten years, Robert Nkemdiche.

Although Banda isn't in Nkemdiche's class, he has started to make a name for himself.

"Everyone knows about Robert," Banda said. "It's definitely fun playing next to a guy like that, but I'm trying to work hard and be the best player I can become."

Grayson's season just ended and it left a bitter taste in Banda's mouth.

"We had a lot of expectations coming into this year," Banda said. "There was no reason we shouldn't have played better. We played great for most of the games, but we slipped up a few times and it cost us."

In addition, Banda feels that did not perform up to his expectations this season.

"Truthfully, I thought I played better my junior year," Banda said. "It's frustrating because we worked hard this past year and we still came up short."

Despite the loss, Banda believes his hard work will pay dividends once he gets to Arizona.

"I worked hard this past year," Banda said. "All the things that a defensive end needs to excel at, I worked on. I did a lot of resistance drills to improve my speed rush and also worked on my flexibility and strength.

"I play baseball next, which obviously help my hand-eye coordination. Then after I graduate, I plan on getting down to Arizona and getting to work."

Banda believes Arizona is the perfect school for him.

"Once I got down there, I fell in love with the school and everything about it," Banda said. "It's a beautiful campus and a great atmosphere and Coach Rodriguez is the best.

"He said he's not sure if I'll redshirt or not, and I trust him completely on that. He's been incredibly successful in the past and when you look at how they're doing this year, you can tell things are just getting started."

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