January 16, 2012

Josh Banks update

Apex (NC) Middle Creek strongside defensive end Josh Banks is firmly committed to Wake Forest.

Banks is focusing the majority of his time and efforts on his academics and physical strength and conditioning.

Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-4 and 255-pound prospect as a two-star recruit.

Ray McCartney and Steve Russ recruited Banks for the Demon Deacons, and are now working to help him know what to expect at the next level.

"[Russ and McCartney are] just talking to me about to keep lifting strong and to keep working out and the physical aspects and also trying to prepare mentally for the next level, and playing on a different, difficult level," Banks said.

Banks is eager to provide an immediate impact. He will enroll at Wake for summer in July, and will subsequently begin pre-season training.

"Just add an extra person to the defensive line, another aspect to the defensive line, and try to improve it any way possibly I can," Banks said. "I'm just going to go there and try my best, try to make Wake Forest a better team and also a better defensive lineman and better player for myself."

The Apex athlete tries to stay in touch with some of Wake's other commitments, which will certainly help build strong chemistry throughout the incoming recruiting class.

"Tyler [Hayworth], he's an offensive lineman," Banks said. "I talk to him a couple of times. I saw him and talked to him at the games. He's a real cool guy."

Banks and Hayworth went to nearly all of Wake Forest's home games this season.

This season Banks led Middle Creek to a 10-4 record and third-round appearance in the state playoffs. He recorded 100 tackles and 12 sacks.

Stay tuned to Deacons Illustrated for more news on Banks and Wake Forest recruiting coverage as National Signing Day approaches.


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