Elite Houston Dekaney cornerback Marcus Banks has trimmed some of the fat in his recruitment.
On Sunday, Banks announced his top nine schools, and the Texas Longhorns survived the cut, along with Stanford, Texas A&M, Florida, LSU, Baylor, Notre Dame, Georgia and Alabama.
Banks holds 19 total offers and his cut left programs such as Oklahoma, Auburn, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska and Tennessee on the outside looking in.
A four-star prospect and former teammate of Longhorns tight end signee Malcolm Epps, Banks was originally scheduled to announce his commitment on March 3, but postponed following his trip to Austin for Texas’ Junior Day.
The University of Texas . pic.twitter.com/PlGcjpc0Hl— Marcus Banks (@MarcusBanks1k) February 19, 2018
In the weeks since, Banks has visited Texas A&M, and more recently, LSU, which he named as his leader, according to Sam Spiegelman of SEC Country.
Texas was previously considered the frontrunner prior to his Junior Day visit to Austin, and LSU’s surge leaves the Longhorns with work to do going forward, so expect the staff to try to get Banks back on campus at some point during the spring.
A 6’0, 170-pound prospect, Banks earned a Nike The Opening Finals invitation after an impressive showing in Houston last week.
Banks is ranked as the nation’s No. 355 player, No. 31 cornerback and the No. 45 player in Texas, per the 247Sports Composite.