T.J. Banks (Harvey Levine/FOS)

Pa. No. 2 DE T.J. Banks is visiting Penn State, planning Maryland trip

North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny defensive end T.J. Banks readying for a trip to Penn State, planning one to Maryland.

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T.J. Banks, the No. 2 defensive end in Pennsylvania's 2018 class, is in the process of setting up spring visits, and two Big Ten schools are high on his list when it comes to schools he wants to see.

The 6-foot-5, 223-pound Banks, who plays at North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny, will be at Penn State on March 25, and is trying to set a visit to Maryland.

Penn State has not offered, the Terps did extend one, and Banks also holds offers from PittsburghSyracuseWest VirginiaCincinnati and Toledo.

"I want a school to have something I would want to major in," Banks said. "Of course, I want to play as soon as possible."


Banks knows Pittsburgh well, and acknowledged he is not in contact with West Virginia much.

However, Penn State continues to show a lot of interest, and getting him on campus is important for both sides. Banks has the athleticism and length the Nittany Lions like in an outside linebacker, but he could grow into a defensive end.

"I want to see their campus, the field, facilites and things like that," said Banks, who is being recruited by assistant coach Terry Smith. "He's a pretty cool dude. I know they played in the Rose Bowl and that they were ranked this year."

A trip to Maryland is also high on Banks' list as the Terps push into western Pennsylvania because of his speed and athleticism off the edge, but his knowledge of the program is basic.

"I know Maryland is a good school," he said. "I'm going to visit them in the spring and they're recruiting me (consistently)."

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