“He’s very athletic,” West Rowan head coach Scott Young said. “I’ve never had a 300-pound-plus guy as athletic as he is. He plays inside for our basketball team and runs the court well. He ran a 5.2-[second 40-yard dash] at [Appalachian State] last summer and he’s gotten faster... Pass pro, I’d say, is his No. 1 quality.”
After spending his freshman year on junior varsity playing left tackle, Banks was promoted to varsity the following season and immediately became West Rowan’s starting right tackle. Right tackle was his primary position this past season, but he saw time on the left side to compensate for injuries to the incumbent senior starter.
Banks will move to left tackle on a fulltime basis this coming season.
“We play him on the edge at tackle and our quarterback doesn’t have to worry about that side, because he’s so quick and he’s big and he can pass protect,” Young said. “He has long arms and if he gets those arms on you, there’s not much you can do.”
Most of the ACC has expressed interest in Banks, namely Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Syracuse, and Wake Forest. East Carolina and South Carolina have also been in contact.
“They love him, they love everything about him,” Young said. “The deal is: if he was already qualified he would already have offers. At the same time, they’re waiting on him to come to camp.”
In February, Banks attended a junior day at UNC. The event began in the Smith Center with a Tar Heel rout of Georgia Tech.
“It was nice,” Banks said. “There’s a huge difference from college to high school. I wasn’t really expecting it to be that big. It was fun.”
Afterwards, the junior day attendees were given a tour of UNC’s football facilities. Before leaving campus, Banks spoke to Chris Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach.
“He just asked me if I had any questions,” Banks said. “He talked about the offense that they run.”
When discussing the offense, Kapilovic told Banks he could play either guard or tackle depending on how he progresses.
Although he has taken very few recruiting trips, Banks has anointed UNC as his leader.
“I really liked the campus and the coaches [at UNC],” Banks said.
Banks was born in New York. In the sixth grade, his family moved to NC… Banks didn’t begin to follow college football until reaching high school where he adopted UNC as his favorite school.
2016 Target: Hezikiah Banks
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