Washington football could always use another excellent pass rusher, so why not go get one of the best on the West Coast?
Washington football could always use another pass rusher, and they’re trending in the right direction after the 2019 recruiting class. So let’s talk about Jordan Banks.
Banks is a stud at Narbonne (Calif.) High School, where former UW linebacker Keishawn Bierria also starred. During the 2018 season, he recorded 61 total tackles, 20 TFL’s, 13 sacks, and four PBU’s (pass breakups). On the edge, he plays with outstanding speed, power and football instincts. He also shows off his refined pass rush ability, as there are a few plays in his film where he lines up at three-technique and gets to the quarterback with an impressive combination of strength, quickness, and hand usage.
Banks is releasing a top four soon, and it looks like the Huskies will be on the list. With that in mind, let’s talk about his fit with the program.
Fit at UW
Before the 2018 season, the Huskies were consistently among the conference leaders in sacks, and that should return to form in 2019. Banks could easily bulk up to around 240 pounds and be one of the best edge players in the country for the Huskies, across from Laiatu Latu. With those two on the edges, there isn’t an offensive line in the conference (maybe the country) that could stop them both on every play.
Banks has also discussed an interest and willingness to play inside linebacker, and he’s absolutely athletic enough to do so. He’ll be doing a lot more of that with Narbonne this year, so it will be interesting to watch that when he posts his senior film, especially depending on the progression of the inside linebacker recruits from the 2019 class.
Personally, I see Banks’ best fit with UW on the edge, with the ability to flex inside a la what we might see with Ariel Ngata this season. At the next level, depending on fit and need, the NFL could flex him inside, just look at what former OLB/EDGE Cory Littleton is doing with the Los Angeles Rams right now, and that could be Banks’ future.
The most important thing right now is that the Huskies steer him away from the national powers, and get him to stay at home, as they’re going up against the best to land Banks. The rest of his top four looks like it will be Alabama, Oklahoma, and Ohio State. Show this guy a lot of love Husky Nation, he deserves it!