Second Time in Madison for Banks

Illinois cornerback Jalen Banks admitted that last season the Badgers hardly recruiting him. Wisconsin is certainly making up for lost time. Talking with UW coaches on a weekly basis, Banks made his second trip to Wisconsin on Thursday following a visit to Iowa Wednesday.

MADISON - From not getting recruited by Wisconsin during the Badgers' Big Ten title run last season to being one of the top uncommitted defensive backs on UW's recruiting board, Thornton Township (Ill) cornerback Jalen Banks knows exactly where the Badgers are sitting with him going into the summer.

"My comfort level with Wisconsin is pretty high," Banks told Badger Nation. "When I start narrowing things down, I know they are going to be around."

That revelation came after Banks made his second visit up to UW's campus Thursday to watch the Badgers go through their sixth spring practice of the season.

"The coaches give a lot of instant feedback," said Banks. "They congratulate them on the good plays and they get on them when they messed up. The coaches are always coaching. They are very energetic and let their emotions go. I had a real good time."

Banks spent the majority of practice watching with his dad from the sidelines, but also got a chance to meet graduated defensive backs Aaron Henry and Antonio Fenelus, who were on campus working out and to pick up their Big Ten Championship rings. After practice, Banks spoke briefly to Marcus Cromarite and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and at length with defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who is also Banks' recruiting contact.

"Coach Ash is in touch a lot with my dad and my dad really like him," said Banks. "I try to call Coach Ash at least once a week. He has built a good relationship with us, which is a really good thing."

Banks also spoke to Coach Bret Bielema before practice, who addressed a different topic with the three-star cornerback ranked No.33 in the country by

"Coach Bielema says I am a really good person in addition to being a good athlete," said Banks. "He said Wisconsin likes that type of player, and they don't recruit the ‘problem child.' He says I come from a good family, that I'm somebody he loves being around and that I would fit in well with the team."

Before coming to Wisconsin Thursday, Banks visited Iowa City and the Hawkeyes program Wednesday, getting a chance to compare two schools that have similar styles.

"Both programs have great coaching staffs, but Iowa is a little more laid back," said Banks. "Coach Ferentz is a great guy but he wasn't as upbeat at practice like Coach Bielema was. The pace was a lot faster at Wisconsin, but Iowa had a great practice, as well. Iowa has nice weight rooms, a nice facility and the town isn't a bad place to be in. Overall I enjoyed both places."

In addition to Iowa and Wisconsin, Banks has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. He plans to take some time off from visits before heading to a camp in Oregon in June and then more visits during the summer.

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