Bankhead: Pointed to Pullman, hurdles remain

KEAUNTEA BANKHEAD says he hasn't formally committed, but is almost certainly headed to Washington State. The one-time Parade All-American safety from the Evergreen State who originally committed to Washington coming out of Ballard High school, further said he has some work to do before he qualifies, but that its also well within his reach.

Bankhead said the only school he had been in touch with of late was Washington State, the school he said he will likely sign with in February.

"I haven't committed yet, but that's most likely where I'm going to play," said Bankhead. "I talked to coach Levy earlier today, I was just putting him in touch with my counselor's name and number so he can give them a call."

BANKHEAD SAYS work remains in the classroom before he will earn his AA degree, but his aim is to have it taken care of before fall camp rolls around in August.

"It's a very reachable goal, it's definitely within my grasp," he said. "I'm trying to do it before this next season and that's my plan."

Bankhead said if for some reason he was not able to earn his AA degree in time to enroll for the fall, he would probably go another route for his second season.

"If not, I'm not sure I want to sit out another year, I'll probably just go play at another junior college or something," said Bankhead. ""I'm working my best and I've just got to pass these classes, and some of the classes are tough. I can't make time go any faster."

Bankhead tore it up for one season at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, before heading home to the Seattle area to continue his education. He enrolled at South Seattle, and did not play football this season in order to preserve his eligibility at the next level. If he earns his AA degree prior to this coming season, he would have 3-to-play-3.

"I'm still in school and doing what I have to do, I'm not out here messing around. I'm taking care of business, it's just not business on the football field," said Bankhead. "That's the thing that's tough about it, I see all my friends playing, whether it's basketball or football, whatever it is. I'm proud of them but it's hard knowing I'm supposed to be out there too."

BANKHEAD IS one of the hardest hitting safeties (6-0, 220) to ever come out of the Evergreen State, capturing numerous honors and accolades including the consensus player of the year in Washington state and the Parade All-American Team.

In February of 2004, Bankhead signed his Letter of Intent to Washington, but fell about 50 points shy on his SAT. He then had a falling out over his academic plans with UW coach Ty Willingham according to a report in The Seattle PI, when Bankhead decided to attend junior college rather than continue to take the SAT, the latter being Willingham's preference. That rift has since been mended according to Bankhead.

His freshman season at Dixie in 2005, Bankhead was second on the team in tackles and tackles for loss, with 66 tackles (43 solo) from his safety spot, 9.5 of which were tackles for loss. He logged one quarterback sack, five pass interceptions, five pass breakups and three fumble recoveries, and also added another 427 return yards on kickoff and punt returns.

At Seattle's Ballard High his senior season, Bankhead was rated the No. 10 safety in the nation coming out of high school by His senior campaign, Bankhead logged 78.5 tackles, (66 solo) while recording 10 tackles for loss with five sacks. Offensively, he lit up scoreboards to the tune of 2,459 all-purpose yards and 27 TDs.

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