Class of 2018
Top Offers: Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Florida
Notre Dame has tried to get longer at the cornerback position under defensive coordinator Mike Elko and Banks fits that bill at 6-foot-1, 180 pounds. Any defensive back who’s a priority target of Ohio State and Virginia Tech is clearly doing something right as the Buckeyes and Hokies develop cornerbacks at a high level. Banks. Will be in Columbus this weekend and Blacksburg the next. That rules out a Blue-Gold Game visit (April 22) to South Bend, which would have been ideal for the Irish if it had worked with Banks’ schedule.
“The best thing about the recruiting process is getting to know the coaches when they come to your school, and seeing if you could see yourself with them for the next step of your life for four years. If you don't like the coaches, you can't go. You need to basically make a bond and that's what I've been doing. The visits, when I go on them, I imagine it'll be great just having to find another home outside of home." – Banks to Scout.com analyst Corey Bender on a key part of his recruitment
There’s a Notre Dame connection here via Lo Wood Sr., who trains Banks away from his high school roster in speed work. Wood is the father of former Irish cornerback Lo Wood Jr., and while that won’t move the Irish to the front of the pack, it should let Notre Dame get a square read on Banks. For what it’s worth, Wood Sr. said Banks is a quality academic prospect and a potential fit for Notre Dame. However, Florida has to be considered at least a slight leader in a reasonably open field. Banks has been up front that he grew up rooting for the Gators.
Autry Denson, Todd Lyght
Three. The Irish already have Kalon Gervin committed out of Detroit, although the finish line for any prospect from Michigan pipeline Cass Tech is a long way off. After swinging hard and missing last cycle, the Irish need at least two top cornerbacks to rebalance the roster and probably a third to be safe. Nick Watkins could be back for a fifth year in 2018, but if he departs the Irish would be down to five scholarship cornerbacks without additions beyond Gervin.
Kalon Gervin (committed) Houston Griffith, Kyler Gordon, Bookie Radley-Hiles