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Four-star lineman puts Irish in Top 10

Four-star guard Aaron Banks released a Top 10 on Monday and Notre Dame made the cut. Banks said he plans to make an official visit to Notre Dame.

Four-star guard Aaron Banks took another step toward closing out his recruitment when he announced via Twitter a Top 10 that included Notre Dame.

Banks, a 6-foot-7, 344-pounder from El Cerrito, Calif., also included Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and USC on that list.

“First I would like to thank God for all of the opportunities I have been blessed with,” Banks posted to Twitter on Monday. “I would also like to thank all of the coaches that have recruited me that did not make this list.”

Banks visited Notre Dame earlier this month and left South Bend with a good feeling about the Irish.

“I liked it there, they seem like they have a real good thing going," Banks told Scout’s Brandon Huffman. “They have a good foundation and everyone seems focused. I was with coach (Harry) Hiestand for the most part. Then I had chance to meet up with coach (Brian) Kelly. It was cool.”

Ranked by Scout as the nation’s No. 7 guard, Banks is working on scheduling his fall official visits.

“Notre Dame has one,” Banks said.

According to Scout’s latest Recruiting Trend Meter, Banks is projected to sign with the Irish.

“He visited Michigan, Notre Dame and Arizona State earlier this month and the Notre Dame visit opened his eyes quite a bit. UCLA and USC have also made him a major priority and he plans to take an official visit to Oregon. Right now, he is buzzing from his visit to Notre Dame, but there is still a long way to go.”

Banks and his El Cerrito teammates opened the season with a 26-6 loss to McClymonds on Friday. Top Stories