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Four-star Aaron Banks getting feel for new USC coaching staff

Northern California four-star offensive lineman Aaron Banks plans to come down for a USC summer camp for the second year in a row.

Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 344 pounds, El Cerrito (Calif.)’s Aaron Banks already looks ready to be a collegiate athlete.

But what college the four-star offensive lineman will be attending remains the big question. The Northern California product has several options with suitors lining up for their chance to try to woo the big man.

Recently, Banks listed Notre Dame, LSU, USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Oregon State as schools that stopped by during the May evaluation period. 

“It’s exciting,” Banks said. “We’ve had a lot of schools coming out to the high school and stuff. Great time and it’s fun. I like it.”

Banks is currently working on crafting a list of 10-15 top schools that he will focus on more intently throughout the summer. He hopes to complete that list by late June or early July, giving himself a month or more before the beginning of his senior season at El Cerrito to work on culling that list, possibly in half.

“I’m going to make my list. Then after I make a top 10, top 15, I’ll probably cut it to like a top 8 or 7 right before season and then take some official visits. I’ll hopefully make my decision after the season.”

One of the schools expected to make his first list is USC. The Trojans have been recruiting Banks for more than a year and are looking at him primarily as a tackle, according to Banks. Three things that have stood out for Banks about USC has been the “prime location, good people there and good coaches.”

He visited USC’s Rising Stars Camp last year and expects to come down for it once again this summer. Though he doesn’t expect to compete this year, Banks wants to check out the new USC coaching staff in action.

“I just want to see how the new coaching staff works and get a feel for everything,” Banks said. “Coach [Neil] Callaway, the new o-line coach. We have a pretty good relationship. He came in this year and seems like a pretty cool guy.”

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