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4-star OL Aaron Banks Sets Time Frame For Decision

Nov. 9 -- El Cerrito (Calif.) four-star offensive lineman Aaron Banks recaps his visit to Michigan, talks schools under consideration and gives a time frame for a decision...

El Cerrito (Calif.) offensive lineman Aaron Banks (6-6, 310), has set a two-week window in which he plans to announce his decision.


"I'll be committing between December 4th and December 18th," the four-star said.

Now, Banks has two more official visits to take, having to reschedule one he was hoping to take this coming weekend to Nebraska because of the CIF-NCS playoffs.

Last weekend, Banks took his third official visit, heading out to Ann Arbor to visit Michigan.

"It was a fun trip. I got a lot in and got ask a lot of questions," said Banks.  "My host was Devin (Asiasi). I've known Devin since we were little kids.  We'd been on the phone too chopping it up."

Banks had been to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines' BBQ in August, along with numerous other recruits.

But a lighter load of visitors gave him more one on one time this trip.

"The difference on this trip was getting to see all of the coaches in action and getting to interact with them outside of the chaos of the BBQ," said Banks.  "They made an impact for themselves after this trip."

Banks talked a lot with head coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive line coach Tim Drevno but also spent time with area recruiter Jay Harbaugh and various members of the Wolverines support staff.

"Coach Harbaugh and Coach Drevno are doing a great job with the offense and their team in general and push the team to the best of their abilities," said Banks.

The last time Banks saw Harbaugh, he was doing the chain gang at an El Cerrito game.

"He cares. He's willing enough to put himself on the line to show a guy that he wants him," said Banks.  "That means a lot."

Banks has already visited Notre Dame and Oregon.

He was hoping to visit Nebraska this weekend, but their opening playoff game was scheduled for Saturday, ruling this weekend out.

However, the Huskers will get a visit at a yet to be scheduled date.

"Coach Cav (offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh) is the main one I talk to at Nebraska," said Banks.  "I talk with Coach (Mike) Riley sometimes too but it's mostly Coach Cav."

So who will get the fifth visit?

"I don't know," said Banks.  "I still have to figure that out.  Everyone is in contention for that last visit that's in my top ten.  Once I take the Nebraska visit, I'll trim it to a top eight and then decide the last visit."

UCLA will get an unofficial visit from Banks, having visited Los Angeles frequently and being familiar with the school.

"UCLA is in driving distance so I'm going to go down there and they'll get an unofficial visit from me," said Banks.  "I talk to Coach (Adrian) Klemm a lot. He's been on me for a long time. He and my mom are in communication a lot too. I probably don't need to take an official there because I already know a lot about the school."

Arizona State could get the fifth official.

"I visited there in August but didn't get the full experience because I was only there for a couple hours so they could get an official, but if not, I could always hop on a plane for an unofficial," said Banks.

Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen was by to see Banks last week and was at their game on Friday night.

"Coach Thomsen is working pretty hard on getting me to take an official," said Banks.

Banks has former teammates at both ASU and UCLA, with D.J. Calhoun and Jalen Harvey with the Sun Devils and Adarius Pickett with the Bruins.  The three were seniors when Banks played varsity as a young freshman.

Aside from Thomsen and Klemm, Banks has had visits from Steve Greatwood from Oregon and Harry Heistand from Notre Dame as well as Brandon Jones from Cal.

"Coach Greatwood came by, Coach Heistand was by not long ago and Coach Jones has come by too," said Banks.

Washington is in the midst of an unbeaten season and the Huskies have also been making a push of late for Banks.

"I've talked with Coach (Chris) Strausser and Coach KB (Keith Bhonapha) a lot more lately from Washington," said Banks.  "Coach Pete (Chris Petersen) and I have talked, but mostly it's been with Coach Strausser.  I hadn't really seen them play until this year and they've looked good this year. You never know, they could get my fifth visit."

Cal has made the hometown push for Banks and prioritized him.  And the Bears recently offered his brother, 2019 defensive lineman Franklin Banks.

"That was pretty cool for him to get his offer, but I know they offered him on his talent," said Banks.

So what does Banks think of potentially playing with his brother in a couple years?

"It would be great to play with my brother," said Banks. "It's always a great experience.  This is my second year doing it so if I got a chance to play with him in college, that would be awesome."

Banks has transformed his body in the past few months too.

"From June until now, I've dropped 40 pounds," said Banks.  "I feel great.  The last few games, I've been playing left guard but then I'll get bumped to right tackle.  But if I had to choose my position in college, I'd probably play left tackle. I like the left side. I like the responsibility and I like having the pressure on me."

Schools, though, like that Banks can play inside or outside.

"Schools like my ability to play both spots," said Banks.  "Being that I'm diverse has helped me."

Now, the countdown begins until Banks makes his decision.

"It has been a long process, but I'm still enjoying it," said Banks.

Banks and El Cerrito open the NCS playoffs with Lafayette (Calif.) Acalenes.

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