Banjo glad he ended up in home state

One team's loss is another team's gain. In January Greater Houston Area prospect Chris Banjo, was the second Hawaii signee to decommit from the Warriors to follow Coach June Jones to SMU.

One team's loss is another team's gain. In January Greater Houston Area prospect Chris Banjo, was the second Hawaii signee to decommit from the Warriors to follow Coach June Jones to SMU.

The 5-10 190-pound safety, choose the Mustangs over programs like Boise State, Hawaii, TCU, UTEP, Navy, Air Force, and Sam Houston State. "I originally was going to go to Hawaii, but I'm a June Jones guy," Banjo told PonyStampede on Monday night. "I'm extremely excited to get to campus and start learning Coach Jones' system."

Banjo is a physical defensive back who is known for his great run stopping ability. While he is not tall at only 5'10, he is well-built and should play at close to 200-pounds in college. He is already benching 310 pounds and squats 425. Combine that with a 4.4 forty and you have a safety that can deliver crushing blows to halfbacks and wide receivers.

A two-year captain for Kempner High school, Banjo accumulated over 180 tackles and 5 interceptions in his last two seasons. During those seasons he was a two-time All District player and Touchdown Club Finalist in the Houston area.

Banjo was able to attend the April Spring Scrimmage and is very impressed with the team so far. "Coach Jones system is very complex. I think the guys were picking it up extremely well and already looking pretty comfortable. I think we have the chance to be very good this year."

Banjo will get the opportunity to enroll during the summer; something that he feels will give him an advantage this fall. "I'm really excited to get there and get all settled," said Banjo. During the summer he will live with his cousin, former SMU Cornerback Charles Akinyemi.

Along with football, Banjo is four-year letter winner in basketball. He will be majoring in Civil Engineering. "Not only am I excited for football but for the academics at SMU," Banjo told PonyStampede. "With a campus like SMU, I feel like I will get the attention I deserve."


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