Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic offensive lineman Khris Banks was competitive enough at camps when nothing was on the line. With a Rutgers scholarship offer on the line Saturday, Banks brought his A-game.
Through nearly six hours of drills, Banks' war-torn camp gear was an example of the effort he showed in front of offensive line coach AJ Blazek. The day ended with a Big Ten offer.
“I just came in with a clear mind, not knowing what could happen,” Banks said. “I wasn't knowing I would get an offer. I came in with a clear head and didn't want to disappoint myself. They told me I have good feet, and that I move very well at my weight. They think I could be a good player if I keep doing what I'm doing.”
Banks has heard every criticism and doubt about his height in recruiting. A consistent top lineman on the local camp circuit this spring, Banks does not care what his critics think.
“That's what I thrive on,” Banks said. “I try to build on all of the negativity saying, 'he's too short. He's too slow.' I just work really hard in the weight room and put in extra work on the field. The sky is the limit for me.”
Banks cited Blazek as a highlight of his camp experience.
“He was good,” Banks said. “The little things matter to him the most. He's big on details, hand placement, driving, drive blocking.”
Where does Rutgers stand after today's offer?
“Rutgers is up there,” Banks said. “I've always wanted this offer since my sophomore year. I've always wanted to get an offer from Rutgers. After talking to coach Blazek, coach (Matt) Hewitt and coach Omar (Hales) that came over from Temple to Rutgers, I feel like I have a good relationship with those people. It's important to me. Rutgers is up there toward the top with some other schools.”