DE/TE T.J. Banks talks Big 12 and Big 12 suitors

CLIFTON, Va. -- T.J. Banks holds double digits offers, and is ready to jump into the visit process.

T.J. Banks' offer list is in double digits, which means he has a lot to see before he makes a decision.

The North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny standout made several trips, but the only places he saw the campus and facilities were MarylandPittsburgh and Temple. West Virginia is pushing for him to visit, and Penn State (no offer) wants him back on campus for a full day or tours and meetings aside from football.

There is also the matter of future positioning because of Banks' versatility.

"All my offers are for tight end," the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Banks said. "Penn State is the only school looking at me for defensive end, that I know about."

Prior to participating in The Opening Regional at Centreville High, Banks made a visit to Maryland for the spring game. He was impressed by the campus and the commitment to academics, but since the game was run with a base offensive and defensive structure, he did not get a real feel for how the Terps use the tight end.

"I saw around the campus," he said. "I saw the academic study hall. The way they help you stood out."

Penn State assistant coach Terry Smith is pushing for Banks to visit and get a full look at the school, but scheduling issues are preventing it from happening. He visited for a game, but not to see the school.

"He keeps telling me to come down and visit," Banks said. "It's a cool place (for games). I've never seen the campus."

West Virginia is in the same situation -- "They say I have to get down there," Banks said -- but finding time and transportation is not easy.

So, Banks is left researching schools online, and thinking about what is important in the process.

"I want a school that uses me at tight end or defensive end in the right way and can make me a better player," he said.

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