"He has great quickness [and] explosiveness off the ball," Middle Creek head coach Sean Crocker said. "He's fast enough to play defensive end and really quick at defensive tackle… Coaches love what he can do on the edge, as well was in the middle. He's great with his hands – gets guys off him pretty well – [and] has good acceleration."
Banks, who has started on Middle Creek's defensive line since his sophomore year, began the 2010 season at defensive tackle but was eventually moved to end.
"As long as we have another defensive end, he helps solidify the middle of the field for us," Crocker said. "With Josh, he's a flexible guy for us."
Banks ended his junior season with 66 tackles, including nine for a loss and six sacks.
Banks isn't as known as his Middle Creek teammates Kevin Jones, Darius Wilkins, and Jon Moore. At least not yet.
"I don't know if he hasn't gotten as much attention because we move him around or he hasn't gone to as many camps, but he's definitely a player," Crocker said. "… He may be a guy that is flying under the radar a little bit. But once schools see his film, they'll recognize what he can do."
"Most of the guys like Jon and Darius, they're out there," Banks said. "I'm just a guy sitting in the back waiting for my time to shine and trying to be the best player I can be so I can get my name out there."
With all that said, two weekends ago, Banks received his first scholarship offer from Wake Forest. He's also receiving interest from Clemson, Duke, Maryland, and Vanderbilt.
To further his profile, Banks plans on attending several camps this summer.
"I'm going to all the summer camps I possibly can to get my name out there," Banks said.
Banks has attended junior days at Duke and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons' Junior Day was where he received his offer.
Clemson is Banks' early favorite school.
"I just like the football atmosphere up there – it's great," Banks said. "It's just nothing but football up there – I like that so much."
Banks grew up a "big" UNC fan… In previous years, Banks has played basketball for Middle Creek. But he didn't play his junior season to focus on his senior football season… Banks' father, Kendall, played football at Western Carolina.