Kennard Banks, a rising name in the recruiting game is no longer on the market after ending the suspense in favor of the school who had been on him from the very beginning -- Kansas State -- who can spot, identify, target, pursue and successfully land their targets seemingly as well as anybody in the Big 12.
What the Wildcats landed is a first-team All-Jayhawk conference cornerback rated 4 stars, checking in at 5-9.5, 190 pounds and clocking forty times in the 4.4 forty-range with a 36-inch vertical...
"I committed to K-State because they have a nice program, great atmosphere, excellent academic help and the K-State coaches are more about me getting a degree and other things than just football," Kennard Banks told KStateFans.com .
Roslyn Banks, Kennard's mother, met with coach Ron Prince tonight in person at her home in Boynton, Florida, after the KSU head man had already boarded a plane earlier today to meet with her son face-to-face in Dodge City, Kansas.
"I really enjoyed meeting Coach Prince and our conversation," Mrs. Banks sharing pertinent recruiting information said. "He's all about the kids, and he's a fatherly figure, someone I definitely feel very comfortable sending my son off to K-State knowing he's going to look after my son."
"He's the same about developing my son as a football player as he is about my son getting his education and degree," Roslyn stating Prince preaches both academics and football.
KSU continues adding one necessary ingredient at a time to close the gap on the upper-echelon of the Big 12. And Prince is not just bringing in anybody to fill the pertinent needs, he's bringing in a 4-star JUCO cornerback whose got more shine and gloss on his resume than the Chevy's rolling on 30-inch rims in Palm Beach and Dade County.
Don't believe me?
Kids got the stats to back that up and then some...
2004 HS Senior Stats: "70 tackles, 50 solo, 8 INTs, 6 PBUs, 3 FFs."
2004 Notes: Played his ball at Dwyer high school earning recognition as 1st-Team All-County, 1st-Team All-District as a senior, signing out of high school with D-I Western Michigan.
2005 True Frosh Stats: 58 tackles, 46 solo, 1 INT, 5 dropped INTs (only due to cast on hand and broken middle finger), plus a very impressive 13 PBUs."
2005 Notes: Played his ball @ D-I Western Michigan (MAC Conference): Started as a true freshman at Western Michigan and was an instant impact player the day he arrived. Not to mention broke his middle finger halfway through the season (in the W.Mich-Buffalo game), toughed it out though playing through the injury for the rest of the season filling a stat sheet worth mentioning and then some.
2006 Season: Attended Rock Valley JUCO but never played football that season, attended school only, then committed to the University of Illinois before later signing with Dodge City College.
2007 Sophomore Stats: "60 tackles, 50 solo, 3 INTs, 13 PBUs, 1 FR (returned 50 yards for a TD)."
2007 Notes: Made 1st-Team All-Jayhawk Conference CB and was a factor not only at cornerback but also as a situational wide receiver, proving this kid has excellent ball skills, hands and the athleticism to make an immediate impact regardless of what school he winds up inking with.
Of course all of this was expected by his uncle Roderick Smith, who coached Kennard from the time he was playing Little League football until high school.
"I knew Kennard was going to be special after wacthing him play varsity his freshman season before being sent down to JV to get the reps and stronger," Banks' uncle/former coach Roderick Smith said. "He already demonstrated the ability to cover his opponents, turn and run with them but he needed to get stronger. When he went back up to the varsity level his junior season he dominated just the same, never skipping a beat. I knew he was destined to become a big-time player because Kennard had to work hard to get himself good enough to play at the highest level. He has a work ethic and a desire that led him to becoming the player he is today."
"He's a shut-down corner who is very physical in run support and has the technique, fundamentals, athleticism, speed and quickness to play corner very well," Roderick continued. "He's also got tremendous hands and so that gives him the necessary ball skills to pick any pass coming his way."
Ron Prince and company continues impressing with each and every commitment by landing the kind of players they need to not only fill needs but upgrade the talent level in order to compete with the best the Big 12 has to offer. Banks is the latest to pull the trigger in favor of K-State and another blue chip prospect Prince and Gang seemingly are finding little difficulty landing. This kid is in fact HUGE for KSU and is also yet another sign that under Prince and this staff can recruit and successfully very well, I might add.