JUCO DB Wants to Contribute Early in Career

One of the more highly rated JUCO defensive backs on Iowa State's recruiting list is very dedicated to making an impact on the next level. From the lengthy commute to school every morning and home every night, Demitri Banks has made the commitment both on and off the football field.

"It's far from where I stay, since I live in Watts," said Demitri Banks. "It's kind of hard getting there every day, because I catch the bus. Right now I'm catching a ride with somebody, because the bus system out here is on strike."

Since graduating from Luezinger High School in Lawndale, Banks has set his sights on advancing past East Los Angeles (Calif.) Junior College. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound cornerback has also taken charge of his recruiting, and cut his own highlight tapes for programs.

Right now, the Cyclones are showing the most interest in Banks, who said Syracuse, California and Kansas are also recruiting him.

"I'm very interested in Iowa State," he said. "They haven't offered me a scholarship yet, but they're the only school that is talking to me this much and recruiting me this hard. All of the other ones are probably going to wait until the end of the season. They like my style of play and cover skills. They've evaluated film on me and feel like I'm the type that can come in and play the Cyclone type of football."

With the Cyclones standing to lose several defensive backs after this season, Banks also realizes the opportunity to play his entire two seasons in Ames are good.

"I like my chances, because they're graduating a lot of DBs," he said. "That should pretty much make the starting job open for all of the underclassmen and myself. It's a great opportunity to get out on the field early."

Banks prefers a more in-your-face approach to playing cornerback.

"My strengths are coming up in press coverage," he said. "I like to come up and press more than I like to play off my opponents."

Although a broken hand has hampered his play this season, Banks said he's matured a lot as a person and football player in his team at East Los Angeles.

"It's made me a better player," he said. "Some of the coaches you have in high school – when I went from there to junior college, they didn't teach me some of the stuff I know now. The coaches at junior college are more experienced. They either played professional ball or in college. School-wise, it's taught me to be more responsible, because if you're really serious about football you're going to go to class."

Banks, a second-team all-conference performer last season in the competitive Western States Conference, said he's set to graduate in May and would be able to take part in all of summer workouts.


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