Banks talks about commitment to Washington

San Joaquin Delta DT Josh Banks isn't a man of many words, choosing to let his play do the talking, however, he did speak to recently and gave us some insight on why he chose Washington and what he does best on the football field...

"I chose Washington because of the coaches up there," Banks told matter-of-factly earlier this week. "I really liked the different coaching styles across the whole staff. Actually, it was pretty refreshing.

"Some schools have more traditional coaches, but I loved how they gave me a new feel to how they coached."

On the field, Banks is a beast who played the three-technique spot for San Joaquin Delta and totaled 36 tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss and 8.5 sacks while earning All-Conference, All-Area and All-American honors as a sophomore this past season.

He said he is unaware of how many offers he had, deferring to his coaches who have claimed he had offers from most of the Pac 12 as well as several Mountain West and WAC programs as well as a couple Big 12 and Big Ten schools.

"I can't think of all of them off the top of my head, by I chose between Washington, Oregon State and Boise State," Banks noted.

After enjoying a solid prep career at St. Mary's High School in Stockton, Ca., Banks admits he wasn't ready to play college ball, both emotionally and academically.

"My head wasn't on straight when I graduated high school," Banks admitted. "I went to a really successful high school, both in football and academically, but I wasn't focused on grades and I didn't do the things I was supposed to do.

"I signed with Nevada because they were the ones that stuck with me even with my grades and my attitude back then, but I had offers from better schools if my grades would have been better.

"So I took a year off and tried to get into Nevada, but it didn't happen for me, so I just decided to come to (San Joaquin Delta) and get my career started and I'm happy I did it because it got me focused on the right things."

For Husky fans, counting on a JC prospect to come in and play right away, let alone get qualified, is always a risky business, but Banks said he and his counselors have been in regular contact and he knows what he needs to get done in order to be at Washington next fall.

"My counselors have gone through and shown me all of the stuff I need to take and all that," Banks said. "The coaches and the Washington counselors talked to my counselors and they said I'm right on track.

"School has been a breeze for me because my high school really prepared me for college even though I didn't take it that seriously. I don't have a bunch of classes to take, but I just have to take a couple of classes and get them done so I can get enrolled up there at Washington."

Banks will graduate in May and will have three years to play two when he arrives at Montlake.

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