Trojans Get Banner's Final Visit

Four-star OL Zach Banner From Lakes High School (WA) will take an official visit to USC before making his college choice.

As one of the top uncommitted players at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Lakes High School (WA) offensive tackle Zach Banner heard a lot of recruiting pitches from his teammates this past week.

"I got to talk to Jordan Simmons about USC and Jabari (Ruffin) about USC. Then I got to talk to John McGee about Oklahoma and spend a lot of time with Durron Neal. I also got to speak to Cyler (Miles) about why he chose Washington."

For the 6-9, 295-pound lineman, one the highlights of his time in San Antonio, Texas, was the opportunity to get to know the other athletes and share their thoughts on the recruiting process.

"The fun stuff is when you get to chill with the guys," Banner said. "They are going through the same things and same recruiting.

"Sometimes when you go back home you feel a little bit alone because you are in your own situation, especially being from Washington because not too many recruits from there go to these big things."

After talking recruiting with his peers, Banner will now be busy listening to coaches from the three schools still in the mix for his commitment: Oklahoma, Washington and USC.

With just three weeks until Signing Day, the four-star lineman has already taken official visits to Oklahoma and Washington, and plans to see USC before making his college choice.

"I just want to see if it feels like I can spend the next four years there, if it can be a home away from home," Banner said of USC. "That's what you have to do for the next four year. You have to spend your time there and be comfortable there."

USC assistant coaches James Cregg and Ed Orgeron will certainly try their best to make the big man from Washington feel right at home in Los Angeles.

"Coach O and I definitely have a good relationship and Coach Cregg also comes up all of the time," Banner said. "For that to be my offensive line coach, I just think that is just a blessing with the coaching history that he has."

Note: Banner was originally scheduled to visit USC on Jan.13th but has pushed the visit date back because of conflicts with his basketball schedule.

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