Banks leads the Fullerton attack

Coming out of high school in Culver City, California, current Fullerton QB Darius Banks (6-2, 210) was one of the top signal-callers on the west coast. However, grades befell his college football aspirations and after bouncing around, he finally found a home with the Hornets and he's ready to show the football world he can still get it done on the football field as well as in the classroom...

"I had a few offers, but schools really backed off of me when they figured out I wasn't going to qualify," Banks admitted to "I was going to go to El Camino, but that didn't work out and then I was going to go to Mt. San Antonio and that didn't work out and finally I was at Pasadena and I knew that wouldn't work out so I looked at Fullerton and finally found a home."

Last season, Banks didn't start until the sixth game of the season, but still managed to post solid numbers -- 54.3% completions, 1,368 yards, 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions -- and he's already off to a solid start now leading the Hornets to a 2-0 record hitting on nearly 64% of his passes for 420 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

"I feel like I've really progressed as a quarterback," Banks said. "I'm reading defenses better, I'm just letting the game come to me and I'm not running right off the bat.

"I can still run and get out and be a threat with my legs, but I'd rather get the ball into the hands of my teammates and let them get it done."

Recruiting hasn't really gotten off the ground quite yet because several schools have told him they wanted to see his summer transcripts before they offer.

"I talked to a couple of schools in the spring when they came through here and they said they needed to see where my classes were before they could really recruit me," Banks said. "I'm straight and I'll finish up in December, but I'm just letting my play do my talking right now.

"I've heard from Louisiana Tech and Akron and a bunch of Mountain West and WAC schools are after me, but right now no offers and that's fine for now."

As stated earlier, Banks will be able to sign with a school in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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