Jalen Banks Talks Ducks and his "Top Three"

Thornton Township High's Jalen Banks

Full of confidence and the stats to back it up, three-star defensive back Jalen Banks has been busy during his senior season, leading Thornton Township High (Harvey, IL) to a 4-1 record. In addition to his job patrolling the secondary on Fridays, he's been making his Saturday's busy with collegiate visits.

While some aspiring college athletes have put recruitment on hold for the time being because of football season, Banks has embraced it. He recently returned from a trip to Madison, WI to visit the University of Wisconsin where he said he was impressed with how he was treated by the coaches and players.

"The players welcomed me with open arms," he said, adding, "I developed a relationship with them."

The other schools that Banks is considering include Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Oregon and Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are relatively new on Banks radar, having just recently gotten in contact with him, but he says he's interested because "they put defensive backs in the NFL."

Banks has been following Oregon this season, noting that he's observed quarterback Marcus Mariota and thinks he talented. He's been in contact with Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal on a weekly basis and called Oregon a "dream school".

Overall he said he is going to take five official visits and listed Oregon, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin as his "big three". He is trying to make it to Oregon for either the Washington game on Oct. 6 or the Stanford game on Nov. 17.

"I believe Oregon has a top defense," he said, making note of the Ducks 49-0 shutout of Arizona last weekend.

Banks could become an asset to the young core of the Ducks talented secondary that made several big plays against the Wildcats. Defensive backs Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Troy Hill combined for three interceptions, two of which they returned for touchdowns.

Until he makes a decision, Banks will continue building on a season that's included a bevy of impressive defensive and special teams plays ranging from an interception to a blocked punt. He said that he isn't necessarily concerned about raising his stock, but that doesn't mean he can't improve.

"I know for a fact that I can get better," Banks said.

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