Banks – "Pitt is my favorite"

The University of Pittsburgh Offensive Line Coach Paul Dunn is in the process of rebuilding the Panthers offensive line. There are a number of quality prospects he will be evaluating at the Panthers' summer football camp. One of them happens to be a massive sleeper from Hempfield High School in Greensburg, PA.

Offensive line prospect Weston Banks (6-foot-3 inches, 270 pounds) from Hempfield High School in Greensburg, PA is a virtual unknown. Unable to attend any major combines due to his passion and commitment to track and field, very few schools are aware of this talented prospect. It appears things are about to change. Banks is set to impress the coaches at the University of Pittsburgh next week at the Dave Wannstedt football camp.

The PantherDigest.com recently spoke with Hempfield High School Head Football Coach Greg Meisner. He was able to provide background information and perspective on Banks.

Comments from Coach Meisner on Weston Banks………..

"Weston Banks is an unknown (he has not been able to attend the combines because of his dedication to Shot Put and Discus this spring) and will be a blue chip player for whoever is fortunate enough to land him. He is currently 6'3 1/4" 266 lbs. and runs a 4.8 - 40. He could easily get up to 295 lbs. next year. He played at 225 lbs. as a junior.

Weston played OG and DE for Hempfield Area as a junior. We will move him to a "3" technique defensively. I project him as a guard at the next level even though he could play center or tackle. He is athletic and reminds me of Dennis Harrah, an ex- ALL-Pro Guard that I played with on the Los Angeles Rams. Weston's body type also reminds me of Johnny Weismuller (a.k.a TARZAN) .

Weston has a great work ethic. He would not even go to his prom this year so he would not miss a workout nor will he eat at McDonald's. He finishes blocks and uses his hands well. He is as tough a kid as they come. As explosive and athletic as Weston is, he will be a immediate impact for any major college team in the country. He is also ranked nationally in the Shot Put.

"I grew up in the Pittsburgh area and the Panthers are my favorite team," stated Banks. "I was unable to attend any combines like the Scout.com or Adidas. My goal is to open eyes at some of these summer camps, especially Pitt's camp."

Banks bench presses 335 pounds, squats 515 pounds, power cleans 345 pounds and runs the forty-yard dash in 4.8 seconds. He was named the WPIAL shot put and discus champion in 2006. Weston finished 3rd in the state for shot put and 5th in the state for discus.

"People said I looked too small on film. I was 225 pounds when they watched my highlight film. They don't realize I have gained 45 pounds of muscle since then. I'm 270 pounds right now and I can run a 4.85 forty-yard dash. This may sound odd, but I'm moving better at 270 pounds than I did at 225 pounds."

"I believe I can play center or guard. My strength has to be my speed. When I pull, I simply lay people out. Pulling is simply bread and butter football and I feel I do it well."

"I hope to impress the Pitt coaches next week. I would love to for them."

Harry G. Psaros can be contacted at harrypsaros@msn.com.


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