Banks is ready to show what he's got

Because he plays in the "running back rich" Mission conference, Orange Coast RB Andrew Banks (6-0, 200) hasn't gotten the attention warranted for the skills he possesses carrying the ball. JCFootball.com spoke to the elusive runner recently and he talked about his journey to becoming a Pirate, the recruiting process and what he does best on the football field.

"I can do it all out there," Banks said confidently. "It kinda depends on what the situation calls for. If I have to take it up inside and get some tough yards by running over a guy, then I can do that pretty easily, but if I need to get outside or that's what the play calls for then I have the speed to get the edge and take it to the house.

"I can also catch the ball pretty well, but our offense doesn't really use me to do that kind of stuff. I feel like I'm a complete back and that allows my team to do different things with me."

As a freshman last year, Banks rushed for over 900 yards and eight touchdowns, but he's working hard this summer to improve upon those numbers.

"I want to be able to read defenses better," Banks said. "I've been in the film room every day going over the different defenses and where I need to be looking in certain alignments. It should really help me get the yards I need when they ask me in certain situations to make a play."

Banks prepped at North Torrance High School in Torrance, California and found out he wouldn't qualify because of his core GPA.

"I didn't take school as seriously as I needed to, but I'm set with my grades now," Banks said. "I'm taking the classes I need to and I will finish up for sure next May."

He chose Orange Coast because of the coaching staff and their abilities to move players to four-year programs, but he also needed a change of scenery.

"I wanted something different and new," Banks said. "All of my friends were either going to El Camino or to (Los Angeles) Harbor so I kind of wanted to get out on my own and sorta make my own way. I couldn't be happier with my decision."

On the recruiting front, Banks has been hearing from several schools and said they've been letting him know he's on their radar heading into the fall.

"Arizona State, LSU, Oregon State, Kansas State, Washington State and Nevada are the main ones right now," Banks said. "There are a bunch of other ones that have been sending me stuff and I'm basically open to everyone right now. I don't have any offers yet, but my coaches have said with a good couple of games to start the season that I might see a couple come in."

Banks will have three years to play two following the season and, as stated earlier, he expects to be done in May.

We'll have more from this talented running back during the fall.

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