'Off the Gridiron': Ladarius Banks

Ladarius Banks, defensive end from East Paulding High School in Dallas, Ga., committed to Vanderbilt in May. Learn more of the future Commodore away from the field.


Publishers submitted questions for the light-hearted interviews.

Name: Ladarius Banks
High School: East Paulding High School
State: Georgia
Graduation Year: 2012
Schools of interest: Commited to Vanderbilt (May, 2011)
Offers: Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Illinois, FIU, Troy, Southern Miss, UAB
Current height: 6-2
Current weight: 270

Jersey No. 53: "I was number 84 freshman and sophmore year, but we needed help on the O-Line so the number had to change."

What's the funniest thing you've seen so far during the recruiting process: "A coach talking to my mother and calling her by the wrong name."

What's your favorite sport after football and when you started playing football: "Basketball. I'm just naturally good at it, and started to play football at four."

What's the most embarrassed you've ever been while competing in a sporting event: "Getting blindsided (laughing)."

Describe what you feel was the greatest play you've ever made during a game: "Making a sack to seal the win in the wee seconds in the 4th quater on 4th down in the 2nd round state playoffs against Clarke Central."

The funniest prank you've ever seen played on a teammate: "Saran wrapping the kicker to the tree at a prep rally."

Favorite moment in sports history: "Florida State's wide left against Miami."

Favorite NFL team: "None."
Favorite NFL player: "Dwight Freeney."

Favorite thing to do in spare time: "Hangout with my close friends, swimming, movies, etc."

Favorite movie: "Friday."
Hottest celebrity: "Nicki Minaj."

First thing you do if you win the lottery: "Get turf and enlarge the stadium at the Bone Yard (East Paulding High School's Stadium)."

Middle Name: "Bernard."
Most important person in your life: "My father, Eddie Banks."

Hardest thing you have ever gone through: "Playing the whole season through a survior pinched nerve in my neck."

Best high school player you have watched or played against: "Rajaan Bennett, running back, McEachern High School."

Favorite thing about school: "Being around my friends."
Favorite childhood memory: "Living in Miami playing street football."

Pets: "None."
Favorite food: "Shrimp pasta."
Favorite musical performer: "Lil Wayne."
Favorite video game: "NCAA Football."

Where do you go if you can visit anywhere: "Hawaii."

Who is your hero: "My dad, Eddie Banks."

Your proudest moment: "Being selected Team Captain as a Junior; receiving my first scholarship offer."

If you could attend a football game with a family member or friend and another person who you do not know but admire, who do you take: "My dad, and Warren Sapp."

After your high school or college career has ended how do you want to be remembered in their history: "Being a great citizen, a leader, and the best defensive lineman ever at that school/institution."

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