Bloomington – On Saturday, Indiana saw the last thing it needed from Middletown (Ohio) H.S. running back Antonio Banks.
The Hoosier staff already knew that the 5'10", 205-pounder had the durability, work ethic and ability to break tackles that they look for in a recruit. The final question was whether or not Banks had the speed that Big Ten coaches covet as well.
Banks answered that Saturday at one of IU's one-day camps. Banks ran a 4.54 in the 40 and was quickly offered a scholarship by the Indiana staff. Banks, in turn, accepted the offer just about as quickly.
"When Indiana called today with an offer, I knew he would commit today because that was where he wanted to go," said Middletown H.S. Coach Jason Krause. "It was a dream come true for him. He has been excited about Indiana and wanted to be a Hoosier. It worked out perfect."
Krause said Banks' affinity for the Hoosier program wasn't based on any past relationship with the state or anyone currently on the team, but rather the relationship he'd developed with IU assistant coach Mike Yeager during the process. So when Indiana became the first program to offer a scholarship, Banks saw no reason to wait to see who else might eventually offer as well.
Indiana is getting a running back who rushed for 964 yards and added another 450 yards receiving as a junior while totaling 18 touchdowns. Since the close of his junior season he's spent a great deal of time working on getting into better shape and cutting down his 40 time, which had been in the 4.7 range a year ago.
"He's a very physical runner, who's durable and has great strength," Krause said. "His knock was his breakaway speed, and he's really worked on that in the last six months. He's run in the 4.5s consistently all summer, and that sold Indiana."
Krause believes that added speed is going to set the stage for a huge senior season for Banks.
"I told Coach Yeager he's going to have a huge year, and everyone is going to want to be on him, and you guys were the ones that noticed him first and got him," Krause said.
Banks Sees No Reason to Wait on IU Offer
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