Banks Swimming With Offers

It would be hard to say recruiting isn't going well for E.J. Banks, a Pennsylvania defensive back who says he boasts around 40 offers. Among those is Ohio State, and Banks says the Buckeyes are among his top schools as he undertakes the process of sorting out his recruitment.

Ohio State has offered scholarships to a number of defensive backs in the class of 2009, and one of those is E.J. Banks of McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour.

Banks, a three-star prospect and the No. 25 safety in the country according to Scout, calls himself a physical, smart football player.

"I like to think of myself as a physical player," he said. "I never back down from anybody. I guess you could say I'm a little cocky, but I'm not really (because) on the field, it's like a whole different atmosphere. You're a different person out there.

"I think of myself as a physical, smart player. I play smart because most people think they just have to use their raw talent and stuff, but I play smart and get in the right position and make the easy play."

The 6-0, 175-pound Banks wasn't hard for the Buckeyes to find. Not only does he attend the same high school as class of 2008 recruit Christian Wilson, but Banks is related to former Ohio State wideout Joey Galloway.

Banks would know his way around the Ohio State campus as well. The defensive back prospect was in Columbus earlier this year to take in a basketball game, that coming when the Buckeyes hosted Indiana Feb. 10, and was able to hang out with early enrolling Buckeyes Andrew Sweat (a fellow Pennsylvanian), Michael Brewster and J.B. Shugarts.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "I was hanging out with them and they showed me the dorms and food places and stuff like that."

His meeting with the coaching staff, which later sent linebackers coach Luke Fickell out to eyeball him this spring, also stood out.

"I got to meet all of the coaches," he said. "I talked to Coach (Jim) Tressel and he seemed like he had legitimate interest in me, so from there I knew that they wanted me."

Those showing interest in Banks, who plans to return to Ohio State for a camp in late June, seem to have a leg up for his services.

"Right now, at this point, the people that on my visits that I saw and the people that have interest in me," he said about the schools he's interested in. "Maybe some big name people, they really don't keep in touch and stuff like that, so right now it's probably Ohio State and Notre Dame. Those are my definites, and at this point, after the period where they get to call and visit, I'm going to narrow down from there to a few of the schools where the coaches came in and which are the coaches that called and kept in touch."

As for when that choice might come from among his 40 offers, Banks said it won't be made in the very near future.

"Right now I'm trying to get my list down. Ohio State is definitely (high)," Banks said. "After I narrow it down and it gets less hectic, I'm probably just going to wait and ride it out."

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