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A long-lasting bond keeps Texas in the mix for Marcus Banks
The Texas coaching staff, specifically defensive backs coach Jason Washington, began building a relationship with Marcus Banks before the four-star cornerback from Spring Dekaney blew up on the recruiting trail. The 6-foot cornerback is the No. 12-ranked player on the initial 2019 Fabulous 55.
The Longhorns offered Banks only after Tulsa and Baylor had pulled the trigger. Banks now holds 20 offers with a top five of Texas, LSU, Texas A&M, Alabama and Auburn.
“It does mean a lot to know Texas believed in me before everyone else jumped on board,” Banks said following his unofficial visit to Austin for the Orange-White game. “Texas saw me ball out at a camp and lock down some elite guys. I was under-the-radar, but I knew my time was coming.”
The Longhorns offered Banks on June 6 before his junior season. Tom Herman and his staff went on to land Banks’ Dekaney teammate, tight end Malcolm Epps in the 2018 class. It meant Texas would be by campus, and at games, a lot. It also meant Texas would have an inside source into the recruitment of Banks.
“Malcolm is still on me all the time about joining him at Texas,” Banks said. “He’ll see me across the hall and throw up a Hook’em. He talks to me everyday about it and asks where I’m going. He’s a great guy to have in my corner.”
Banks plans to take all five of his official visits. He’s set up two — an official visit to Texas A&M this weekend and then to Texas on May 4. LSU, Alabama and Auburn are the other teams in the mix. Banks wants to pick a college destination before his senior season begins.
“I’ll pick when the time is right, but I want it done by the time football starts,” he explained. “I feel like I have a lot of great options and it is just a matter of talking with my family and making the best decision once I’ve seen what each school can offer.”
Banks separates the real from the fake
Recruiting can be like purchasing a car. A program must sell a prospect the idea of its school without coming off as desperate. It’s a delicate balance that not all elite programs pull off. Banks says his ability to read people and separate genuine staffs from those blowing smoke gave him an advantage in the recruiting process.
“I feel like I’m blessed with the ability to see through fakeness, and there is a lot of that in recruiting with coaches telling all the top guys the same things. I prefer honesty to getting gassed up,” Banks said. “I don’t want to feel like I’m being recruited. I wanted to feel like I’m building a relationship bigger than football.”
This became even more important for Banks when he lost his father, Bobby, in March. He realizes that the coaching staff he chooses truly will be his fathers away from home.
“The relationships with the coaches is key for me. I need a sincere relationship with the coaches, especially now,” he said. “We all need someone to talk to and coaches are father figures.”
Banks already has that relationship with Washington. He’s starting to build it with Herman each time he returns to Austin.
“The experience is always straight at Texas,” Banks said. “I always feel like coach Washington forgets other prospects are there and follows me around. He really makes me feel like a top priority. I got a chance to talk with coach Herman after the spring game. He’s one of the realest coaches out there. He doesn’t give you a lot of hype.”
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