Tennessee 'feels like home' to Banks

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Sevier County (Tenn.) High School product Dorian Banks has visited Tennessee countless times – for camps, tours and games – and his already high interest in the Vols rises after each stop.

But during Banks' most recent visit to Rocky Top, he finally discovered a negative.

"It was cold," the locally-grown prospect said through chattering teeth after he watched the Vols fall to Vanderbilt on Nov. 23. "I hated it a lot."

Then he paused, cracking a smile.

"No," he continued, "I'm just playin'. It was all great besides the weather. It always is. I always like it here. There's never anything bad."

To outsiders it could be easy to spot "bad" around Tennessee following a 5-7 season. But the 5-foot-8, 155-pounder said he's been around Vols coach Butch Jones and staff enough to not be concerned with the season's outcome.

Banks says during each stop to Tennessee coaches reassure him and fellow prospects that things are on the rise despite the unsightly record.

And he says he's not the only one buying in.

"I'm not concerned about wins and losses or anything like that. And I don't think anyone is," said Banks, who received a Tennessee offer after a camp this summer. "You can tell coach Jones is going to turn things around here. With all the recruiting success Tennessee is having and with all the right coaches here, you know they'll be all right. Their future looks bright and everyone who comes here knows it."

Like many visiting prospects, Banks cited the family feel around Tennessee as his favorite part of the program.

"It just feels like home every time I'm here," Banks said.

Banks, who claims to clock a 4.4 40-yard dash, projects to play cornerback at the college level. He currently splits time as a corner and tailback in high school.

While Banks says toting the rock has its perks, he also enjoys the challenges that come with the corner position and has no problem playing defense at the next level.

"Whatever it takes to get on the field," Banks told InsideTennessee. "I like going up against a guy and shutting him down. I like being tested and all that."

Banks said he spent most of the Vanderbilt game watching Vols freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton, who figures to be an integral part of Jones' rebuilding project. To Banks, watching the young Sutton succeed is another positive.

"(Sutton) was real fun to watch," Banks said. "I like that the Vols are young and he's been doing a really great job. Again, to me it says this team is heading in the right direction. Things can only get better."

On top of a family feel and young contributors on the field, Banks can rattle off a lengthy list of items that he says makes Tennessee a desirable destination for any recruit.

"I just really like everything Tennessee has to offer," Banks told IT. "From the facilities to the coaching staff to the stadium and Vol Walk, it just feels like a great place to be. They have a lot going for them."


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