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Arkansas OT commit Noah Banks flips to Florida over Texas

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A key junior college target won’t be coming to Austin.

Noah Banks on his Florida official visit
via @TunaBanks

Sometimes the allure of going home is what matters most.

So it was for Iowa Western offensive tackle Noah Banks on Tuesday when the Arkansas Razorbacks commit flipped to the Florida Gators over the Texas Longhorns:

A Pensacola native, Banks never had the opportunity to play for the Gators out of high school, settling for Murray State instead, but has now completed a circuitous route back to his home state with his pledge to Florida.

Texas had hosted Banks on an official visit last weekend before Banks headed to Gainesville. Ultimately, the pitch of early playing time wasn’t enough for head coach Tom Herman and his staff to land a key target at a need position.

The 6’7, 305-pounder is a consensus three-star prospect rated as the No. 28 junior college prospect and the No. 8 offensive tackle, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The Longhorns are still targeting mid-year enrollee Mikey Grandy of San Mateo College and Levon Livington of Navarro College, in addition to Arizona Western’s Jahmir Johnson, who won’t graduate until this spring.