Montbello High School
Position Rank: No. 40
His Recruiting Story
In one of the more silent recruiting stories for the 2006 class, defensive end Greg Banks selected Michigan over other Big XII schools. He rarely gave personal interviews, choosing instead to let his coach, Dr. Oliver Lucas, handle the media while he concentrated on school and football. The first time GoBlueWolverine.com actually spoke directly with Banks was during the GBW/WTKA Signing Day Show.
Colorado was the early favorite for Banks, and many analysts expected him to sign with the Buffaloes when the time came. However, Banks went completely silent after May. When GBW finally spoke with Lucas in October, he said his star player had narrowed down his list to a top five of Michigan, UCLA, Cal, Notre Dame, and Washington, and that he would officially visit each of those schools. Eventually, he took visits to Michigan, Colorado, and Cal-Berkeley, with those being his final three when he selected the Wolverines on Dec. 15.
The official visit to Michigan, coupled with the dismissal of Colorado head coach Gary Barnett, sealed the deal for Banks in choosing Michigan.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Banks had originally planned to enroll at Michigan early. However, he needed a few more credits in order to graduate, and he wanted to experience his high school prom. As such, he will enroll at Michigan in the fall.
As previously stated, Banks kept to himself during his recruitment. Almost all media contact was through his coach, Dr. Lucas, who described him as a player that could play at any position on the field. The team attended the Iowa State camp during the summer, which was the only camp attended by Banks.
Banks reported strengths are speed and quickness, both required to be a successful defensive end.
Signing Day Capsule: Greg Banks
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