Future Husky: Josh Banks


Josh Banks is one of the newest members of the 2012 recruiting class and he is also the most ready to play immediately when he steps foot on the University of Washington campus.

Banks plays the defensive tackle position at San Joaquin Delta College in California and was listed on the All-Conference team and is the current Defensive MVP for the Valley Conference (Junior College) as he accumlated 8 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and 30 total tackles. However, the stats aren’t what gets him excited, “I’m not really big on stats” Banks said, “I just play hard and go after it on every play.”

He says he is 6’3, 275 and says that his playing style is playing with a high motor. I watched the tape that his Junior College made availabe on their site. He just has relentless pursuit, even when double teamed or he gets beat on a play he doesn’t stop and that only leads to great things. He is strong and agressive.

Washington was just the right fit for him and mainly with the coaches. He said the main reason he decided to go to UW was

because of the coaching staff. That is what beat out the other two schools on his list.

“For me it came down to Oregon State, Washington, and Boise State.” But in the end Washington was the place for him.

Washington also was recruiting him to stay at his normal position. While he would be fine playing the defensive end position, UW wants him to play the 3-technique and that the coaching staff said he will be used like Alameda Ta’Amu. He esstenitally would be replacing Ta’Amu at the position, as he will be coming in as a junior and has been told he will play right away.

One of the biggest worries that fans have about JUCO transfers is that these recruits don’t always become eligible at UW. There have been many problems with JUCO transfers in the past but Banks says that is not something that the fans have to worry about for him.

“I am taking my full 2 years and I will graduate in May. I am not cramming [like other junior college transfers].” He is going to get his degree from the junior college and will then be eligible to transfer in as a junior both academically and athletically.

He is excited to be a Husky and Husky fans should be excited to have him. He is one of the best JUCO defensive players on the west coast and he has decided to go to UW.