Nearing 1st Offer

Some guys can throw the rock, catch it or run with it. D.J. Banks (5'10, 177, 4.4), on the other hand, can do it all. While playing for West Monroe High School, Banks' effort on the field earned him All-District and All-State honors over the course of the past two seasons.

D.J. Banks

"Things have been going good," Banks stated. "Lately, I've been busy with baseball. We've had a couple of scrimmages and I feel like I've been playing pretty well. I think I am good at baseball, but a lot of people think I am better at football."

Banks plays both left and center field for the West Monroe baseball team, and he is just as much of a multi-threat in football as well.

"They moved me around a lot last season," Banks admitted. "I finished the year with about 400 passing yards and four touchdowns as a quarterback. At receiver, I caught around 16 passes for 300-400 yards with 3 receiving touchdowns as well as 3 rushing touchdowns. On special teams, I returned 3 kicks for about 200 yards."

The talented student-athlete has been hearing from a bunch of schools from around the country and claims he may be nearing his first offer.

"I've been in contact with a few schools," Banks stated. "Mississippi St, UL-Monroe and Tulane have all pretty much told me once they were finished with signing their 2008 recruiting class they would be sending me an offer. LSU said they needed to see a little more film on me before they would send me an offer."

What does the West Monroe product think about the three schools that alluded to an offer?

"I took an unofficial visit to Mississippi St. last season and I got the chance to speak with coach [Sylvester] Croom," Banks added. "He's one of the main reasons I'm interested in Mississippi St. I also speak to coaches from ULM on occasion because they are from like the area school. My dad spoke to a coach from Tulane and they said they were giving me a look."

Although Banks is currently sitting idle waiting on offers, he has a list of his own containing schools he is hoping to hear from.

"LSU is up there on my list because you just got to have LSU," Banks stated. "They have a great program, very good coaches and a successful team. I wouldn't mind playing in front of 100,000 people either. I took an unofficial visit to LSU last year for the Auburn game. The coaches let me stand on the sideline during the pre-game warm-ups. It was great being there on the field and hearing all of the fans hollering. I really liked LSU's atmosphere. I remember just standing there thinking how it would be if I was playing out there that night in front of all of those people.

"Mississippi St is right up there with LSU because I really like coach Croom and I also like what the school has to offer me," Banks continued. "Alabama and Ole Miss are the two other schools I'd like to hear from."

Banks may play different positions for his current team, but he claimed schools at the next level have their own idea of where they would like to see him.

"LSU, Mississippi St and Alabama are recruiting me as a defensive back," he stated. "ULM said they would give me a look at quarterback. It doesn't really matter to me what position I play because I am just trying to get to that level."

Note: Banks has received invites to 6 or 7 different junior days (including LSU's), but will not be able to make them due to his ongoing baseball season.

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