2018 RB Jeremy Banks (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Multiple Programs Interested in Rising Tennessee Running Back Jeremy Banks

NEW ORLEANS -- Jeremy Banks has one FBS offer and multiple Power Five conference programs showing interest. Scout caught up with the 2018 running back at The Opening New Orleans.

Memphis has already offered Jeremy Banks and more schools could offer the impressive 2018 running back from Cordova (Tenn.) High School this spring.

Banks measured 6-foot-2, 206 pounds at this past weekend's The Opening New Orleans, where he performed well in the running back group and stood out as one of the top under-the-radar prospects at the event.

Banks got the Memphis offer several months ago, but said programs such as South CarolinaKentuckySouthern Miss, Akron, and Central Michigan have shown recent interest.


Running backs coach Bobby Bentley has been in touch with Banks for the Gamecocks.

"I go there April 1," Banks said. "He said he loves me. He hit me up and said, 'We need you here now. We love you.' So we set up the next available time to visit."

Banks said he stays in frequent contact with Akron running backs coach Eric Hickson. In fact, "I talk to him almost every day," he sad.

Kentucky, Southern Miss, and Southern Illinois all want Banks to visit on the weekend of April 8. He's already attended a Kentucky junior day.

"I'll have to pick out of them (for April 8)," he said. "Also Central Michigan, I'll be there April 22."

Head coach Mike Norvell and offensive coordinator Darrell Dickey recruit Banks for hometown Memphis.

"They love me," Banks said. "I just left there Thursday before I came here. It was pretty good."

Banks impressed not only on the proverbial "eyeball test" thanks to his linebacker-like size, but he recorded vertical of more than 34 inches and a powerball throw of 43 1/2 feet, good for one of the top throws of the event.

This past fall, Banks ran for 823 yards and 16 touchdowns on almost six yards per carry. In addition to his visit schedule, Banks said he's working hard as he prepares for his senior season.

"I'm working on my speed, my power, and agility," he said. "I have to be dominant."

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