Banks buys in, commits to Vols

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National Signing Day may be in the rearview mirror, but that doesn't mean recruiting simply stops.

After all, it never stops.

The end of the big day just means coaches focus on the next bunch of targets.

But their sights aren't just set on the upcoming 2015 class, evidenced by Class of 2016 athlete Dorian Banks' decision to end his recruitment early and commit to Tennessee.

Banks pulled the trigger Thursday night on a local television show, choosing the Vols over Kentucky. Banks had been receiving interest from Ole Miss, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee.

"Coach (Butch) Jones just makes me feel like I'm home," Banks said during the broadcast. "He makes everybody want to go play for him."

The commitment of Banks continues Tennessee's recent dominance at in-state recruiting. The Sevier County (Tenn.) High School standout joins Powell (Tenn.) High School's Darel Middleton as the Vols' two pledges in the 2016 class.

The Vols have six in-state players on board when combining both the 2016 and 2015 classes.

Banks (5 feet 9, 165 pounds), who received his Tennessee offer after a camp last summer, has visited the Knoxville-based campus several times and soaked in handfuls of games at Neyland Stadium.

After each trip, he has walked away all smiles and sang the praises of the Vols and their new direction under Jones.

"I'm not concerned about wins and losses or anything like that. And I don't think anyone is," Banks told InsideTennessee after the Vanderbilt game on Nov. 23. "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…

"I just really like everything Tennessee has to offer. 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."

Banks splits time at both tailback and cornerback in high school, but projects on the defensive side at the college level. He claims to clock a consistent 4.4 40-yard dash.

In the the Smoky Bears' first-round TSSAA Class 6A state playoff win over visiting Cookeville, Banks rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on nine attempts. Sevier County eliminated Science Hil 63-20 the next round with Banks contributing 107 yards and three scores. The Smoky Bears fell in the quarterfinals to Maryville 56-14.

He finished the regular season his sophomore campaign with 77 rushes for 496 yards. That earned him honorable mention Inter-Mountain Athletic Conference for his 2013 performance.

Banks played the 2012 season at Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch, Tenn.


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