There were a few prospects that stood out in the crowd this past Saturday at Memorial Stadium. That happens when you stand 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds like 3-star lineman Brant Banks does. Banks is being recruited by Nebraska as a defensive lineman.
The standout from Westbury Christian High School in Houston, Texas, made his second trip to Lincoln since Scott Frost took over the program. This time it was for an official visit.
After talking with Banks, it’s clear he is excited about the direction of the Nebraska football program. And that's the case despite not being able to see the full debut of the next chapter of Husker football.
What were your overall thoughts on the visit?
“I saw everything really this summer but I think meeting Coach Frost and hanging out will all the players was pretty cool. I knew I liked Nebraska but when I went up there on the official, it was something else. I really fun. It was a really good trip.”
Who made trip with you and how did they like it?
“Just my mom and my dad. They both came the first time, too. We drove the first time so it was a longer trip. They liked it a lot, too. When we went into the strength and conditioning area, we met the coaches in there. My mom actually had a lot in common with the strength and conditioning coach [Zach Duval] which was crazy. Also, the nutritionist [Dave Ellis], we met him. I liked him a lot. He has a really good resume for what he does. He said he worked with LeBron James. He knows what he’s talking about. What they are about to do with the weight room and it’s already nice, it’s going to be top notch. They are definitely leading in that aspect.”
How has your relationship continued to develop with defensive line coach Mike Dawson?
“It’s going good. We talked for a while in his office. Of course, we were around each other a lot during the trip except up until the kinda game. He’s awesome. We are all on the same page. He’s a great man. My parents like him a lot. He’s a great coach, too.”
Do you have other trips planned right now?
“No, I don’t but I’m sure I’ll plan some pretty soon. I don’t have any others planned right now.”
What is your decision timeline?
“I’ll definitely commit before the early signing period. I’ll probably do it as soon as I can. You want to get somewhere before they fill up and you don’t have a choice anymore. That’s plays a big role in it. Definitely before the early signing period because I’ll be an early graduate.”
Did you get to spend much time with Frost?
“Yeah, I did. We talked to him for a while actually. The day I left right before we went to the airport is when we talked the most. We also saw him a little bit before the game. We saw the defensive coordinator [Erik Chinander] a whole lot and Coach Dawson of course. We did see coach Frost a lot.”
What was the most memorable thing from trip?
“Definitely when we were hanging out with the players during the delay. One of the players I was talking to, he was telling me about Nebraska. He was saying that a lot of schools will say their team has camaraderie and the whole team is like a family but I could tell that Nebraska actually is that way. When the players hang out they don’t just hang out with their specific positions. It’s not defensive line only or offensive line only. It’s really the football players, it’s a whole family. The coaches are in that family too and the players speak really highly of them.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.