Right before camp season ended, the Maryland coaches attended one last satellite camp in Florida, at Windermere Prep, June 23. Class of 2018 cornerback Sevyn Banks (Orlando Jones/Orlando, Fla.) had caught wind of the UMD-hosted event, and though the 6-foot-1.5, 180-pounder had just recently torn his ACL, he decided to head over anyway. Evidently Banks’ coach had been in contact with the Maryland staff, informing that they had plenty of interest in the budding Florida corner.
“So right after I had surgery on my knee I get a call from my coach, who told me Maryland liked me and would love to meet me. So I went to the camp, and they pulled the trigger right there,” Banks said. “I felt great; it brightened my day for sure. To get that first offer, and for it to come after I tore my ACL, it meant a lot. For the Maryland coaches to take a chance on me even though they knew I was injured says a lot about them. It shows they trust in me. It’s amazing.”
Banks couldn’t talk recruiting with the Terps’ staff per NCAA rules, but he said he took a liking to each coach he was introduced to. The Jones product said he specifically recalls speaking to linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes and defensive coordinator Andy Buh.
“Coach Barnes and Coach Buh loved my film; they like how I’m a big corner and my speed,” Banks said. “But they were mainly just asking how my knee was doing and things like that. They both seemed really nice; it felt like I knew them already. They were great to talk to.”
Banks doesn’t know much about the Terps, but he said he’d “definitely” interested and “definitely” wants to visit as soon as possible.
“I love the uniforms; everyone loves those,” Banks laughed. “But since Maryland offered and they were first, I definitely want to see what it’s like. I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to make it up there later this summer.”
So far Banks, who just transferred to Jones from The First Academy (Orlando, Fla.), has only been to Florida, Texas and UCF. He has no other planned trips outside of the one to College Park, Md.
Banks said he’s receiving interest from FAU, FIU and Tennessee. He’s hoping the hometown Gators eventually ante up, however.
“I’ve been in Florida my whole live, and my brother, Marcell Harris, goes to Florida now,” Banks said. “I’ve grown up basically right in Gainesville (Fla.). So I’d definitely be interested in Florida if they showed interest in me.”
Banks ended up tearing his ACL during a one-on-one session earlier in the spring. He said a receiver ran a fly route, and while Banks attempted to shadow his man, his knee turned the wrong way and collapsed.
“But I’m going to come back strong,” Banks said. “I’m already walking and all that. It should only be a couple more months and I’ll be good to go.”