|Offers:||Texas Tech, Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Washington State|
|High School:||Rider (Wichita Falls, TX)|
|Commitment Date:||April 22, 2020|
|Grade||1 Star||2 Star||3 Star||4 Star||5 Star|
Texas Tech received their 6th commit in the 2021 class, the first defensive player, in Wichita Falls Rider defensive end E’Maurion Banks.
— 𝕯𝖔𝖔𝖉𝖆💕 (@DoodaBanks8) April 22, 2020
Times Record News’ Jonathan Hull talked with Banks about his commitment:
Banks said Tech has been at the top of his list, “for some months now.” He’s the latest in a line of Rider players to choose the Red Raiders. Eric Ward is one of the most prolific receivers in Rider and Texas Tech history. T.J. Vasher has made highlight-reel catches look routine for Rider and the Red Raiders.
Rider junior receiver Jed Castles committed to the Red Raiders earlier this month. Rider junior quarterback Jacob Rodriguez has an offer from Texas Tech along with 16 other schools, including Baylor, Air Force, Army, Houston, Iowa State and Kansas State.
“Jed was recruiting me real hard,” Banks said. “He played a good part in it.”
RedRaiderSports’ Matt Clare also talked to Banks:
Relationship with the TTU coaches: “I talk with Coach (Paul) Randolph and Coach (Matt) Wells a lot. I talk with a lot of the coaching staff, but probably with them the most. They both feel that I’m not even at my peak as a player yet, and they said I can come in and do a lot of damage for them on the defensive side.
“Coach Wells wants to keep Texas guys close to home, and we definitely talked about having my family close to see me play. I have three brothers and sisters, and it means a lot to stay closer to them.”
InsideTheRedRaiders’ Jarrett Johnson has the stats on banks from his junior year:
Banks amassed 95 tackles, 27 stops for loss, 14 sacks and 30 quarterback pressure last season as a junior. He chose the Red Raiders over reported offers from Arizona, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and Washington State.
Banks is a huge get for Texas Tech, a top 100 Texas player and he’s just physically dominant. The fact that he’s playing at defensive, he’s just able to wreak all sorts of havoc. He is not moved off of the line of scrimmage, so he’s physically already ahead of where everyone else. Banks has the ability to hold off offensive linemen is superb and to be honest, he doesn’t seem challenged.
A terrific first defensive player for the 2021 class. Oh, and that offer list is ridiculous. Don’t be surprised if the entire Rider team commits to TExas Tech.