4-star OL Aaron Banks Is Even Surprised By His Rising Stock

Mar. 16 -- Even El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star offensive lineman Aaron Banks is surprised his stock has risen as much as it has, doubling up on the amount of offers he thought he'd get...

When El Cerrito (Calif.) offensive lineman Aaron Banks (6-6, 335) landed his first offer a year ago, he thought it was great and maybe a few more offers would come in.

At no point, though, did the four-star think he'd pass 20 offers.


"Honestly, I didn’t think I would even get to 10 offers," said Banks.  "I thought I'd get a few and it would be easier for me to decide."

Slowly but surely, the evaluation period netted him a few offers last spring.  Then came two Pac-12 offers in a day and it's been a frenzy ever since.

"I think probably the day that USC and UCLA offered me in the same day, those were the big ones and kind of blew things up for me," said Banks.

Now SEC schools are getting in the action and a pair of ACC schools have been his two most recent.

"Florida and Arkansas were big for me and most of the east coast schools were big for me," said Banks, who has added offers from Duke and Virginia this week.  "Florida and I were talking here and there, but I didn't think there was much to it and then it went from there and they offered."

Banks is talking with a few more schools that he thinks could be close to offering.

"I'm talking with LSUOklahomaTexasUtah and a little with Tennessee here and there," said Banks.

Banks has already visited California for their Junior Day and will visit Colorado, LSU and Texas this spring with plans to see Oregon and Oregon State too.  

Then in summer, he wants to get get out to see Arizona and Arizona State then get back down to Los Angeles to visit USC and UCLA again.

"USC and UCLA are both recruiting me pretty hard," said Banks.  "Coach (Clay) Helton and Coach (Neil) Callaway are recruiting me and Coach Gavin Morris is from USC.  And UCLA, Coach (Adrian) Klemm and Coach (Angus) McClure, who offered me, are recruiting me.  They both have been pretty consistent."

And locally, Cal has been prioritizing Banks with a couple of national programs aggressively recruiting him.

"I'm getting a lot of love from Michigan and Arkansas and Cal has been pretty consistently recruiting me too," said Banks.

Banks is playing basketball for El Cerrito and since they're still alive in the state playoffs, hasn't been able to do any camps yet.

"We'll be done with basketball, though, by the time The Opening in Oakland happens, so I'll be there," said Banks.

Banks said that it has been a good split on what position he'll play in college.

"For some it's tackle, some it's guard, but whatever the school wants me to play, I just want to play, so I'm good with either spot," said Banks.

Banks said he'll take the SAT in April.

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