Yet another Houston North Shore star is no longer interested in taking his talents to Texas.
Less than two weeks after top-ranked 2020 running back Zachary Evans left the Longhorns outside of his top five, and just days after three-star offensive tackle Damieon George committed to Alabama, dynamic 2021 athlete Shadrach Banks released his top 10 and Texas wasn’t pictured.
Texas A&M, Oklahoma, LSU, Georgia, Alabama, and USC are among the programs still standing with the four-star talent, who can play any number of positions at the next level, including receiver, safety, or linebacker. Banks aims to remain at receiver, and for good reason after the nation’s No. 13 athlete prospect, per the 247Sports Composite, enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign, hauling in 60 receptions for 13 yards and 17 touchdowns as part of a state title-winning effort.
Given that more than a year and a half remains until Banks will need to put pen to paper with the program of his choosing, Texas will likely continue to push and potentially re-emerge as a factor in his recruitment. That said, the fact that Banks teammates, Evans and George, are no longer considering Texas likely won’t help the Horns’ odds of getting him back to the Forty Acres. Banks was most recently in Austin for Junior Day.
In the meantime, Texas is actively involved with numerous other prominent in-state receiver prospects, including Dallas Skyline’s Quaydarius Davis, Aledo’s JoJo Earle, and Houston Willowridge’s Latrell Neville. Though it’s still tremendously early, Davis and Earle are each projected to side with Texas.
Banks, on the other hand, could be considered a Texas A&M lean.