Will Small Town Produce Again?

A successful player from a small town high school program can blaze the trail for future prospects and create a pipeline to major college athletics. Amite County High School in Liberty, Mississippi is home to Ole Miss wide receiver Chris Collins and college coaches are once again digging out their maps to find their way back to the tiny town. In fact, there are amazing similarities between Collins and the latest talent from this southwest Mississippi community.

Nathaniel Banks, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete, is tearing it up on the track and the gridiron---just as Collins did before him. Banks is also an outstanding sprinter for the track team and skill player for the football team. It comes as no surprise that the Rebels are the first program to extend a scholarship offer.

"Ole Miss has offered me," said Banks. "They're in my top two with Southern Miss. I went to the Southern Miss/UAB game and I'm hoping to go to an Ole Miss game later in the season. I‘ll make my decision after my official visits because I need to see how I fit in with each program."

Banks plays cornerback, running back, and wide receiver on the prep level. Defensively, he has intercepted one pass and broken up six others. On offense, Banks has three touchdown receptions and three more scores on the ground. He has also produced on special teams with a 90-yard punt return. Banks versatility could project him at cornerback or wide receiver on the college level.

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