Banks Makes A Name For Himself At Indy

Last winter, current Independence QB Jonathan Banks (6-3, 220) signed with Kansas State, but after spending the spring there, he decided to leave and seek a new opportunity and he's making some waves in the KJCCC for the Pirates...

"Kansas State had a pecking order that they believed in and I just didn't feel like I receive a fair opportunity to compete. When I did get a chance to show what I had I made plays even with one and two reps, but they most definitely didn't want me to leave. I was never a problem there and I made sure I took care of all my business."

Instead of heading back to Contra Costa where he'd spent the the past couple of years, Banks decided to stay in the Jayhawk State and signed with Independence.

"Coach (Jason) Brown did a good job of recruiting me. That's all I can honestly say," Banks recalled. "I had opportunities to go to Iowa Western, Copiah-Lincoln in Mississippi, Blinn, Garden City and many more, but he just did a good job of recruiting me."

On the field this season, Banks has helped lead the Pirates to a 2-4 record with several close losses while going 68 of 113 for 759 yards with seven touchdowns and five interceptions while rushing for a team-leading 521 yards and four scores.

Recruiting has begun to pick up for Banks, but so far, he's just being patient and waiting the process out.

"I've been hearing from Utah, SMU, Kentucky, Southern Mississippi, Tulane, New Mexico and North Texas," Banks noted. "I visited SMU at the end of July and it went really well.

"I had an offer from Kansas and they wanted me to come in the summer, but with the Big 12 transfer rules, I was going to have to sit out for two years since I was at Kansas State and I didn't want to do that, so I decided to come here and play instead."

Tulane actually just extended an offer to Banks.

"They offered me yesterday," Banks noted. "I will take my visit there when they play Temple on November 19th."

Banks, a native of Houston (Tx.) was a full-qualifier out of high school, so he should wrap up his academic work in December and he will have two years to play to play two following the 2016 football season.

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