QB Darius Banks On James Franklin & More!

California QB Darius Banks gave us a Top Two to mull over last week when KStateFans caught up with him for an interview. Talking with KSU offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, (former Green Bay Packer assistant coach James Franklin), Banks has already established a solid rapport. In this KStateFans exclusive Part Two interview we talk about Banks & 3 other QB Takes on the K-State Take Board...

Kansas State has the calm, cool and collective true sophomore Josh Freeman running the Franklin offensive attack but who will run it when he opts to leave early for the NFL Draft after the 2008 season? Or, if he elects to quarterback the Wildcats in 2009, who will step up to carry the torch on offense?

There are a plethora of candidates to consider for what appears to be only one spot remaining in the KSU QB class after committing two already in this Ron Prince/James Franklin and Co. 2008 recruiting class, bad asses Collin Klein of Loveland (CO) and Joseph Kassanavoid of Lawson (MO), who some think might elect to play Pro baseball instead of college football. Having said that it appears highly likely that there is at the very least one more spot open for a signal caller and it could go to the prospect that makes his mind up the earliest. Let's take a look at some of the realistic candidates for that spot below, at least the passers we've featured here on KStateFans.com: Darius Banks of Culver City (CA), Chris Harper of Wichita Northwest (KS) , James Landry of Napoleonville (LA), Nathan Stanley of Teresita (OK) Tahlequah.

Delving deeper KSU might elect to take two field generals from this group due to the fact that some believe Harper might be better suited at another position. So, it'll be interesting to see which one, or two, of these aforementioned four signal caller prospects join the Wildcat 2008 recruiting fold.

Speaking of the four, let's get back to Banks, the Cali kid sporting five official offers via "K-State, Oregon, Toledo, San Jose State, UNLV," with arguably at least two more (Arizona and Fresno State) who could opt to join the list above very soon. That pair of programs, respectively, is waiting for Banks to qualify (which he appears well on his way to knocking out if you ask me).

In our previous Banks report we ran last week he said two programs are currently standing out more than the rest: "K-State (offer) and Fresno State." Those two schools were the only two to call on September 1, 2007, which was the first day college coaches could begin calling recruits again, once a week.

While the Wildcats tasked OC/QB coach Franklin with the responsibility of landing the 6-foot-2, 186-pound gunslinger we thought we'd grab Bank's thoughts on Franklin and we do that below…

Banks on James Franklin: "Coach Franklin is a cool guy. As a matter of fact he used to coach at Washington State when my cousin Curtis Nettles was in high school and Coach Franklin recruited him back then. And, I thought it was cool that it was Franklin who brought that up to me. I caught back up with my cousin and he had nothing but good things to say about him. He said he was a good guy. So there's a connection there. Not sure how much you could really consider it a positive but it is definitely a positive."

More on Franklin courtesy of Banks: "I've only seen a few times in person. He's a good guy and he seems like one of the coaches I'd have a good relationship with. And I would describe (the) Coach Franklin (approach) as being all business."

Let's revisit the stat packages (we highlighted in our initial Darius Banks story) of a signal caller who's role model in the NFL is New England gunslinger Tom Brady...

JR Season Stats: "4,115 yards passing, 51 TDs, 11 INTs, 200 yards rushing, 3 rushing TDs."

SR Season Stats: "(In just four games) we're 4-0 right now. And, I have 1,000-something passing yards, 11 passing TDs, 4 INTs (three on tipped/dropped passes from my receivers, so I'd love to have those back), 200 yards rushing and 3 rushing TDs."


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