Virginia RB likes Navy

Jashawn Banks is high on the U.S. Naval Academy after a summertime visit he took to campus with his grandfather, a Navy veteran of 29 years. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound athlete has played mostly defensive so far in his football career at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va., but is set to take the majority of the carries at running back in his senior season.

Jashawn Banks

Banks tells GoMids.com that the Navy staff believes he can play on either side of the ball in college. "The Navy coaches never came by my school but started talking to me in June about going there," Banks said. "We've stayed in contact ever since talking throughout the summer. I had to get my grades up to date and when I got the GPA up, that's when they offered me. Coach (Dale) Pehrson said they liked how quick I am on both sides of the ball. He thought I was a physical runner but thinks I can play outside linebacker for them too.

"I really like what Navy has got going on. The visit went very well. They're sporting Under Armour now which I think is a good for them. One of the players, Marcus, took us on a tour of the facilities and the locker room. I was there with my grandfather who served in the Navy and he absolutely loved it. We met the whole coaching staff while we were there. They were all very welcoming. It seemed like they liked to have fun, but at the same time knew when to get down to business. to be honest, I had never thought about going into the military, but the visit changed my mind about it."

Currently, Navy is Banks only offer, but he reports interest from Illinois, East Carolina, Delaware, and Villanova.

"I think I'm going to wait to commit," he said. "I have some colleges that would like to see my senior film. That doesn't mean I'm not high on Navy. I like them a lot and I'm going to take my official there. In the end, I want to go to the place that best fits me with a team that I know will come together as brothers. I'd like to go to a college and be involved in some big wins, but also be able to enjoy myself."

Last season, Banks was the third option at running back behind a couple of seniors but averaged 7.6 yards-per-carry with four rushing touchdowns. He was selected All-Loudoun County, All-District, Second Team All-region in the D.C. area , and Underclassman All-State at outside linebacker. Navy is also after Banks' Broad Run teammate, Chuck Davis, a senior safety.

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