Banks Cranks It Up

E.J. Banks was feeling it. "Crank Me Up, Crank Me Up!"

"When (the students) started doing that crank me up stuff, I was thinking I should be out there," Banks said.

Crank Me Up, is the new Notre Dame football rallying cry, and a Pastor Troy rap the Irish student section is doing this season during games.

E.J. Banks got a heavy dose of it on his official visit to South Bend this past weekend, as Notre Dame defeated rival Michigan, 35-17. After the game, the standout cornerback from McKees Rocks, Pa., caught up with his player host, freshman defensive back Jamoris Slaughter.

"He was like you know that crank me up thing," the 6-foot, 180-pound Banks began. "I was like yeah. He was like I brought that here. I thought he was lying but he said really, that's me."

Banks will be at Notre Dame soon himself.

In January, the Montour High standout will be enrolling into college early.

"Right now it doesn't seem weird, but the closer it gets, I'm going to start feeling like I'm going to be here in a week," Banks explained. "It hasn't set in on me yet, but it has set in with my parents. They're like you're leaving us. But it's going to get to me soon that I'll be there in like four and a half months."

Banks and his parents made the official visit to Notre Dame together.

"We got there, got to the game, and I had no idea what to expect from the fans," Banks said. It was his first Irish football game. "I heard they were good fans, but it was so loud I couldn't hear myself think. Then the rain came and that was fun, and (students) were doing the pushups and everyone stayed."

"After that we went into the locker-room and then to the Gug, and we ate. And then we talked to coach (Charlie) Weis, coach (Corwin) Brown, talked to coach (John) Latina and then me and Jamoris went back to his room. He was getting ready and then we went out, me and him.

"The next day I met with admissions and all that stuff."

The game itself was the highlight of the trip for Banks.

"I liked it a lot. It was crazy I thought. Just how the fans and stuff are so crazy. Just how they jumped on them in the beginning and didn't let off. Some teams will jump on somebody and then let them slowly back into the game. I liked the heart Notre Dame had that game."

Banks also made the recruiting rounds during the game, as Notre Dame hosted several prospects that were also in town on official and unofficial visits.

"I tried to meet as many people as I saw," Banks said. "I was looking for people that looked odd and kind of standing out of place, to make them feel welcome."

Banks is going to try and make it back to Notre Dame this fall for the Pittsburgh game on Nov. 1.

"Me and a couple of my friends," he said. Top Stories