All about "The Brotherhood" for Banks

It was June 19th when Jashawn Banks tweeted to his followers that he had received his first offer from the U.S. Naval Academy. Nearly six months later, Banks, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound athlete from Broad Run High School in Ashburn, Va., gave his verbal commitment to his Navy recruiting coach Dale Pehrson.

Although he's played defensive end and outside linebacker most of his playing career at Broad Run, Banks tells GoMids.com that he was recruited at rover (strong safety) position in Buddy Green's defense.

"Yesterday I made my mind up about what I wanted to do and called Coach Pehrson," Banks said. "I think that he was a little shocked, like he wasn't expecting it. I talked things over with my family we all came to the same conclusion, Navy's just too good an opportunity to pass on. We were on campus during the summer and then made an unofficial visit for the Georgia Southern game. It was the brotherhood and just everything that Navy has to offer somebody that got me to commit. I was watching the Army-Navy game on TV and was so happy with the way they played in that game. I love it and I'm ready to be out there with them.

"Right now, I'm unsure if I'll be going to NAPS or directly into the academy. If I don't go to Prep and start out at the Academy, I'd like to play a big part on the team and earn some playing time. If not, I'll continue to work on my craft to get myself ready for the future."

Banks, who Navy was also looking at as a potential running back, carried the ball 78 times for 380 yards as a senior at Broad Run in the Washington D.C. metro area of Loudoun County. He then switched over to an outside linebacker position where he was selected at for First Team All-District honors. The terrific stats, however, failed to met his expectations.

"I felt like I had a good year but I didn't do quite as well as I had hoped to for," he said of his senior season. "I'm always hoping to do better. As a linebacker, I felt like I did better at controlling my open space and really on my speed, mainly my closing speed in being able to get downfield faster to make a tackle. I did have some pretty good games though. In our last win of the season, against Briar Wood, I had 13 tackles."

Broad Run finished the year 9-4 and advanced to the semifinals of the Virginia 5A North playoffs before losing to Tuscarora on November 28th. At the time of his commitment, Navy was Banks' only offer but was being recruited by several schools including Illinois, East Carolina, Delaware, and Villanova. Banks says he'll proudly walk in the footsteps of his grandfather, a Navy veteran of 29 years, who he made his first trip to Annapolis with in June.

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