Banks To Add Another To The List

E.J. Banks has been waiting on Notre Dame to throw its name into the hat.

Today, the wait is over.

This afternoon, the three-star athlete from McKees Rocks, Pa. is supposed to call Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, where he'll be extended his 27th scholarship offer.

"It feels a little different," E.J. Banks said. The standout from Montour High plays both quarterback and free safety. "I was waiting on it. They've sent me a lot of mail. I was like, I like Notre Dame, but they haven't offered. I was like uh oh.

"I've been waiting for this one."

In helping lead Montour to the AAA WPIAL District Final, the 6-foot, 180-pound Banks completed 80-of-134 passes for 1,235 yards. He also gained 878 yards on 167 rushing attempts, with nine touchdowns passing and eight rushing.

On the other side of the ball, Banks used his 4.5 speed to make 52 tackles, intercept three passes, break up 10 more and recover a fumble.

Banks was invited to Notre Dame's junior day this past weekend but couldn't make it. Irish assistant coach John Latina has been out to his school, and has been in touch with Montour head coach Lou Cerro quite a bit over the last few days.

"He's a local guy," Cerro said. "A lot of guys around here know him. Our relationship is good, and I know his relationship with E.J. will be good. They want to play him at d-back right now, but he's athletic enough, so who knows where he'll play.

"We're going to give coach Weis a call tomorrow to get an offer. I know everyone is excited to get an offer from Notre Dame."

That's for sure.

"I'm real pumped about it," Banks said.

"I don't know too much about them, but I'm going to try and learn more."

Banks holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Clemson, Nebraska, West Virginia and Colorado. He says he is totally open and hopes to start narrowing down schools in the summer.

Banks has taken visits to West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Rutgers and Clemson. He is going to North Carolina this weekend, and Georgia Tech and Clemson the week after that.

Cerro said a trip to Notre Dame could come over the next few months.

"I'll have to sit down and talk to my parents about it," Banks said.

Banks reported a bench press of 250 pounds, a squat of 365 pounds, and a GPA of 3.0.

"The sky is the limit for E.J.," Cerro said. "He's been a captain since he was a sophomore. A natural leader, been starting since he was a freshman. Just a natural leader for our program."

Banks isn't sure when he is going to make a verbal commitment.

"I'm going to have to like the coaches a lot because I'm going to have to spend the next four years with them and the players," Banks explained. "It's not really what the school has to offer, but the area and the people in it. That's how I'm going to make my decision." Top Stories