In-state 4-star OT talks WSU, recruiting

OFFENSIVE TACKLE PROSPECT Zach Banner out of Lakewood rates four stars and holds offers from over 25 of the country's college programs, including Washington State. The 6-9, 295 pound junior has family ties to WSU, and talked about where the Cougars fit into the mix…

"I'm still looking at everyone. Right now they are even with everyone else," said Zach Banner of Washington State.

Banner, out of Lakes High, has a Washington State connection as both parents went to school in Pullman. However, there's more to the story.

"My parents are cool with me going anywhere. My mom actually went to Washington State (and) then got her degree from Washington. She actually calls herself a Husky. But we have talked about it, they are cool if I go to either school."

Banner is holding his cards tight to the vest, but pointed out the two things that stand out to him about the Cougar program.

"I like that Washington State is close to home," said Banner. "I also like the staff over there."

In addition to his talents on the gridiron, Banner is a standout on the hardwood. His desire to play both basketball and football at the collegiate level could complicate his recruitment.

"I want to wholeheartedly give them both a shot," said Banner. "Right now I am leaning towards football and the NFL a little. I see myself having better career opportunities there."

Banner has no timeline for trimming his list of schools and doesn't plan on making his final decision anytime soon.

"I'm going to take it all the way until signing day," said Banner.

Banner said the pressure of making the decision is something he is getting used to -- kinda.

"Yeah, I get a lot of people that tell me to stay home," said Banner. "Actually what is worse is other schools. You'll find an Oregon or USC fan that is up here that tells me to check out their school."

Banner holds offers from the entire Pac-12 as well as national powerhouses like Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee. He talked about the constant barrage of contact he gets from the schools.

"I average like 23 emails a day on my phone," said Banner. "Notre Dame was at the school today, Boise State is supposed to come tomorrow and Nebraska is visiting later this week."

The Irish actually locked up one of Banner's highly coveted official visits on their trip to Lakes.

"I am going to Notre Dame on October 22nd to watch them play USC," said Banner. "The coaches said it is a special game, it is the first night game at Notre Dame in years."

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