Banks Ready to Breakout

Scout.com has a quick update on Nimitz quarterback Jonathan Banks from Houston, Texas. He had a solid showing, leading his team to win No. 1 for 2013. Now he is looking for not only more wins, but a few more coaches to take notice of his game.

So far it's been a tough year for some teams on all levels.

In the Greater Houston area, one player who knows this well is Houston (Tex.) Nimitz quarterback Jonathan Banks, a player who has shown up each week to lead his team to a win.

Coming into last week, Nimitz was 0-5 on the year. But with Banks' play and some turnovers caused on defense, the first win came through for Nimitz over Alief Elsik.

"It was a great win. I felt that we work hard and came out ready to compete," Banks said. "For me, I saw the defense, at the corners came up and jammed a lot. The bandits blitzed a lot too. So I made my pre-snap reads and went from there."

That formula worked well for the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Banks as he was making plays by air and ground. He completed 66 percent of his passes (half of which went for scores) going 6-for-9 for 133 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 49 yards on the night as well.

Going forward, Banks and the Nimitz team is hoping for better days and more wins. Lots of that will be behind the game of Banks. Nimitz coach Robert Toomer spoke about this.

"What makes Banks special is his leadership ability and elusiveness from the backfield. He can throw it and run it," Toomer said. "He's not extremely fast, but he can make a defense worry about the quarterback and not just the running back."

Bringing the dual-threat element to the game will be beneficial for Banks as he looks to find a place on a college roster for next fall. He's getting a few looks, but no offers at this point.

"I have not been offered yet, but Houston Baptist and UTSA are the two schools looking at me right now," Banks said.

Toomer went on to offer more about what Banks brings to the game.

"College coaches will see a young man with a football IQ that's off the chart. And he's a mobile guy from the backfield," Toomer said. "He may not get you the 50 or 60 yards, but he will get you 30-35 yards, and he won't put the team in a bad situation. I think he is also a guy who could also play some wide receiver because he's a gifted athlete."

Ahmard Vital is responsible for Midlands Recruiting, mainly covering prospects in the state of Texas. He joined Scout.com in 2005 and is the author of the newly released book, Awaken the Baller Within.
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