Marco Wilson. Josh Hammond. Tommy Townsend. Sevyn Banks?
Banks, a four-star defensive back in the 2018 class and the younger brother of Gators starting safety Marcell Harris, could be the next prospect to follow in their elder brother’s footsteps and sign with Florida.
And when it comes to Banks’ commitment, family is seemingly a non-factor. It’s coming to come down to one thing only: how he feels about a program.
“Whether I like them or not,” Banks said, when asked what is most important in his recruitment. “Every school is going to have the same thing, it’s just whether I like them or not.”
Banks implied that Marcell has given him space throughout his recruitment rather than pressuring him into a situation that might not be right for him as an individual.
“He just wants me to make my own decision. He’s just been saying to enjoy the process,” Banks said of his older sibling. “He’s not trying to pound me to go to Florida. Just to make a good decision.”
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That being said, the Gators appear to be the team to beat for Banks’ commitment.
After picking up a scholarship offer from Florida on Jan. 19, Banks has been receiving interest from programs across the country, but no one talks to him more than UF’s coaching staff.
And rather than the usual prodding from coaches about visiting, Florida’s coaching staff has been a breath of fresh air for Banks.
“They actually care about you, they’re not just texting you to come,” Banks said. “They want to actually know how you’re doing, how your grades are doing, how have you been working out. They’ve been respectful.”
Aside from the Gators, Banks has heard daily from three powerhouse programs across the country.
“Notre Dame, LSU and Ohio State,” Banks said. “They text me every day.”
Still, Banks has a long way to go until he makes a decision. He doesn’t have a timeline, and it’s likely his offer list will increase now that he’s healed from the torn ACL that cost him his junior season.
“We’ll see what happens. I took the SAT last weekend and passed,” Banks said, implying his score is high enough to qualify for enrollment across the nation,” and my next visit is to Ohio State on April 15.”