For LSU's spring game, everyone in attendance shared the same sentiment. Coaches, players, fans and even recruits were anxiously awaiting the arrival of LSU football for 2010.
One of the recruits on hand was Baton Rouge (La.) Christian Life Academy product Johnny Banks. Not only was Banks eager to see what was in store for 2010, he was hoping to receive an offer as well.
“I didn’t get an offer, but I had a great time,” he said. “I was hoping to get one, but I know the coaches still haven’t seen my film. I didn’t really talk to them today, but I did give them a copy of my film, and I’m expecting to hear back from them soon.”
Unfortuntely for Banks, college coaches won’t have a full year to look back on when completing their evaluations.
“[The highlight] only has two games on it because last season I broke a small bone in my foot,” he said. “In the two games I played in, I caught eight or nine passes for 130 yards (16 YPC).”
After hand delivering a copy of his highlight reel to the coach’s office, the 6-foot-4, 227-pound tight end took in the sights of what he hopes to be his future home.
“It was a lot of fun, even though I got kicked out of the locker room,” laughed Banks. “They said I couldn’t be back there without a host, but the nametag they give you can get you in just about anywhere.”
Before Banks decided to wander from the traditional tour, he managed to get a glimpse of what LSU had to offer.
“I thought LSU had top of the line facilities,” Banks stated. “They were professional-grade, and I think they were comparable to NFL facilities. The thing I like the most though was the shoe room. I liked seeing the cleats and all that kind of stuff.”
After taking in the sights and sounds of the LSU campus, Banks made his way into Tiger Stadium to get a sneak peek of what is to come this season.
“The first thing I noticed was that LSU didn’t really have an established tight end,” Banks said. “It seemed like they were usually in a four-wide receiver spread. The player that stood out to me the most was Russell Shepard. I thought he did a good job. I thought he showed a lot of improvement since last season.
“That is what I would be looking forward to the most if I was going to LSU,” Banks continued. “I look forward to the developmental period between my freshman and sophomore year. I think LSU has an elite coaching staff, and I’d be looking forward to working with them.”
The LSU coaching staff is just a piece of what has Banks intrigued by the Tigers.
“Right now, LSU is my favorite school,” he said. “If they offer me, I will commit. LSU has everything I am looking for. They are the hometown team, and I love the environment around campus. They have a great fan base, and what I think to be one of the best coaching staffs ever. They also have great tradition. LSU really has no flaws, and that’s why I love it so much.”
While Banks continues to wait on an LSU offer, his training for his senior year will not be at a stand still.
“It’s going to be balls to the wall training from here on out,” Banks said. “I want to show the coaches that I can play, and even though I was injured last season, I won’t be a risk.”
Banks plans on camping at LSU and Alabama this summer.