Big spring propelling big Tennessee running back Jeremy Banks

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. -- The lone out-of-state program to participate in Saturday's big spring jamboree at Jacksonville State University was Cordova (Tenn.) High and it featured several intriguing prospects including Jeremy Banks, the running back heating up on the trail.

Scout first noticed class of 2018 running back Jeremy Banks at The Opening New Orleans with his powerful frame and he has hit the ground running ever since, including over the weekend in full gear as Cordova (Tenn.) took on Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville at Jacksonville State University. 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder ran like his appearance suggested Saturday and even broke two long touchdown runs during his head-turning performance (video above).

"I'm just a straight downhill runner, not sideline to sideline though I can make a player miss," he said.

Several programs noticed, as Banks has added offers from Southern MissTulane and Jacksonville State since the outing. It was clear his effort would result in an uptick withing his recruitment. 

"I want to thank God for this opportunity, I want to thank my coaches for bringing us all the way here on this Saturday and I want to thank Jacksonville State program for getting us here," he said after the two-score performance. "It was about five hours solid and it helped our team bond good.

"We did a great job today."

The rising senior running back had a brief boom in his recruitment before the event, too, including his initial Power 5 offer as many others remain interested.  

"Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech offered me, Mississippi State is talking to me, too," Banks said. "I grew up watching Alabama at home, I love their running backs, they're downhill, strong runners. They pound the rock. That offer would mean a lot, I would thank God. 

"I'm from Mississippi, you're gonna get it in the mud and work for what you want."

The Crimson Tide, Bulldogs, Tennessee Volunteers and a host of others had assistant coaches keeping an eye on all of the top prospects participating in the jamboree.

Next up for Banks following the spring will be his initial impression of some of the offering programs in addition to semi-local camps as his offer list continues to grow. 

"I'm going to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech camps and visits to the University of Massachusetts and Old Dominion, too," he said.

Following the trips, depending on what his options look like at the time, the next step in recruiting may be made towards an eventual decision. But no timetable is in place at this time. 

"I'm just being patient, God is gonna let me know the time," Banks said.

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