Four-star El Cerrito (Calif.) offensive lineman Aaron Banks made another cut to his list of collegiate choices on Monday, trimming away six schools down to a top 10. USC made the list along with four other Pac-12 schools, two Southeastern Conference programs, two Big-10 universities and Trojan rival Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-7, 344-pound offensive lineman is the second-ranked guard in the state of California as well as the West. He is the No. 7 overall guard in the country and rated No. 149 in the Class of 2017 Scout 300.
While Banks is listed as a guard by Scout, USC has been recruiting him as an offensive tackle. He had been hoping to make a trip down to visit the Trojans during the summer, but that unofficial visit never materialized. He did make August visits to Michigan, Notre Dame and Arizona State.
Nevertheless, the Trojans remain in contention for Banks' services. He has built a solid relationship with new offensive line coach Neil Callaway, who Banks has said stays in consistent contact.
Banks still plans to make the trek from the Bay Area down to Los Angeles to visit both USC and UCLA. Whether that trip remains an unofficial trip or becomes one or two of his official visits is still to be determined.
Banks had cut his list of potential schools down to 16 schools a little over a month ago. The six schools that appear to have been eliminated by Banks with his latest trim are Arizona, Miami, Oregon State, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. He said earlier in the summer that he planned to trim his list before the high school season and wanted to make a final decision some time after his senior year concluded.
Here's Aaron Banks' highlights from The Opening Oakland Regional:
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