Nebraska added another talented in-state prospect to its 2017 preferred walk-on class on Friday with the addition of Omaha Skutt wideout Christian Banker.
As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound receiver recorded a Class B record 1,276 receiving yards on 70 receptions with 12 receiving touchdowns.
Banker played for former Husker Matt Turman on the Class B runner-up SkyHawks. He is a multi-sport star who excelled on the basketball court and the soccer field in addition to what he does on the gridiron.
Banker’s best skill is his ability to win 50-50 balls as he is great at high-pointing the ball, rising up and taking it away from defensive backs. He’s capable of snagging balls one-handed and is a strong runner after the catch as well.
Banker is the second member of the 2017 walk-on class from Omaha Skutt, joining offensive lineman Trent Hixson, and the third wide receiver in the class after Blair’s Ethan Cox (a high school quarterback who will play slot receiver) and Broken Bow’s Dylan Reynolds.
Nebraska has a strong recent history of walk-on wide receivers earning their way onto the field with the likes of Sam Burtch, Lane Hovey, Brandon Reilly and Bryan Reimers with Gabe Rahn and Conor Young pushing for playing time next season, and Banker certainly has the potential to follow in their footsteps down the line.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.