Banks trying to 'round up' another top class

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Dorian Banks may not have competed in drills at the Playmakers Academy tryouts in Nashville last weekend, but he was still easy to spot.

As some of the Volunteer State's top prospects weaved in and out of cones and plucked footballs from the sky, Banks paced up and down the sideline wearing a new Tennessee hat and sporting an ear-to-ear grin that never left his glowing face.

Yes, life has been good for the newest Tennessee commit.

"It just feels great," Banks told InsideTennessee. "It's just awesome to know I've joined the family."

Banks, a Sevier County (Tenn.) High School standout, announced his decision to join the Vols' 2016 class last week on a local TV broadcast.

But when the TV cameras stopped rolling, the spotlight didn't.

Since Banks broke the news, he hasn't exactly been running short of attention.

"Every time I go out of the house, I have that label on me that I'm a UT commit and it's awesome," Banks said. "People are noticing me everywhere. It's like you become a celebrity right away. You walk around and everyone knows who I am. I'm glad the decision is finally out there."

Banks may have made his announcement to commit to Tennessee right in the wake of National Signing Day, but he knew he'd end up being a Vol much earlier.

After Tennessee offered him last summer, Banks tripped to Knoxville nine different times.

He loved the program more and more after each stop.

"Every time I was up there it felt like it was the right time to commit," Banks said. "It's just a great place and everything is so nice there. It's a family. I just love it there."

As you may have guessed, Banks rattles off a long and winding list of reasons why he "loves" the Vols.

There's the stadium, facilities, fans and more.

But there's more to his "love" than the basics.

"I had to," he said. "It's my job – my duty."

Banks said it was "very important" to him to play for his hometown team and added that he takes great pride in Tennessee's success at in-state recruiting.

In his opinion, it's every prospects responsibility to stay in state.

"I wouldn't want to be an in-state guy at any other time. You're state's school, man, that's the best place to be," Banks said. "It's a great opportunity over there at Tennessee. All the talent in the state is just loading up and doing what we know we need to do."

Now that he's the most recent in-state product to jump on board, Banks hopes he can put on the recruiting hat and assemble another top class once it's time for the 2016 targets to ink a letter on intent.

"I'm going to try to round up another top class," Banks told IT. "You know, get all the boys together and keep this thing rolling. I'm going to lock down this state."


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