Banks Officially in the Fold for Michigan

Colorado DE Greg Banks gave Michigan fans some good news -- and a day early at that -- when he announced his decision on TV and officially became the 13th member of the Wolverines 2006 class.

The timing may have been a little unexpected, but the news wasn't. Denver Montbello defensive end Greg Banks made his choice known a day early and announced his decision to become a Wolverine this evening on CSTV.

"He was going to announce for Michigan tomorrow," said Montbello Head Coach Oliver Lucas. "Michigan is not only getting a good football player…they are getting a great person as well."

The final three teams in the race for Banks were Michigan, California, Colorado, but his visit to Ann Arbor set the Wolverines apart. The Maize and Blue had already built a seemingly insurmountable lead for the DE when former Colorado coach Gary Barnett was forced to resign. That proved to be the final nail in the coffin.

"The change at Colorado had a big effect on his decision," Lucas said. "It came down to him really feeling comfortable at Michigan. The stability of the staff there also had a lot to do with it."

Banks' decision to go to Michigan will make it a little tougher for Lucas to go to any of his former pupil's games, but the coach indicated that that won't stop him from being in the stands. "It's a tradition at Montbello that we always attend one of our former player's games," Lucas said. "I'm definitely going to see him in a game next year."


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