Banks: "Why Not NC State?"

Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge cornerback Bryce Banks committed to Missouri back in June after camping with his hometown school.

Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge cornerback Bryce Banks  committed to Missouri back in June after camping with his hometown school.  However, in August he decided to open back up his recruitment.

Why?  Well, he didn't want to stay home.

"The main thing with my decommitment was my past here in Columbia," said Banks.  "I wanted to get away.  I think I've matured a lot, and I realized that I needed to get out of Columbia.  It didn't have anything to do with the program at Mizzou.  I just wanted to get away and grow up... start something new."

NC State was one of the schools to join the mix for Banks.  Checking in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, he lines up at cornerback, the position he's being recruited to play by the Wolfpack.

"I'm not real sure about my stats this year," he said.  "All I know is teams threw to my side probably five or six times all year.  That's it.  I had over 40 tackles though."

A few weeks back he took his official visit to NC State, and it was his first time on the Wolfpack's campus.  

"I had a really good time at NC State," said Banks.  The facilities were real nice. The atmosphere was crazy. The crowd was just crazy. I liked the academics and the academic support. It seemed real good on how they run things."

His other finalist was Illinois, a Big Ten program he visited over the weekend.  However, that trip ultimately led to him choosing NC State.

"Illinois was in it for a while," he said.  "It did come down to the last minute, but I just felt [NC] State was the better fit for me."

Banks called NC State head coach Dave Doeren to inform him of his decision on Thursday night.

"Coach Doeren was the first person I told about my commitment," he said.  "He was really excited.  I then talked with coach Barlow who seemed thrilled about it.  The last coach I spoke with was coach Hux.  He was pumped up about it too."

Banks chose NC State for a variety of reasons.  In fact, when asked why NC State his answer was simple.

"My whole thing is why not NC State," he replied.  "I felt like the atmosphere was good, and the coaching staff was even better.  I connected with coach Barlow and they are really detail-oriented.  That's where I thought I felt best in defensively... their scheme, and academically I fit in well.

"Really, I love the defensive scheme.  I'm a bigger corner at 6'3 and the scheme we run in high school, it's very similar to NC State's scheme. The coaches told me they want me to play cornerback and maybe some nickelback... covering wide receivers in the slot."

Fully qualified, Banks will enroll at NC State in January, and he added that he can't wait to get back to Raleigh.

"I'm ready to get back there for sure," he said.  "Academically, it's a great school.  That's the other thing, I liked their graduation rates and with me being a mid-year guy I could potentially graduate in 3.5 years. That's important to me."

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