Jack Banda committed to Arizona on Friday, without visiting the school first. But the 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end from Grayson High School had his reasons.
“Because that’s a big offer and I didn’t want to let it sit on the table,” Banda explained. “I wanted to seal the deal and not let anything slip away.”
Banda said Arizona stopped by Grayson last month to watch his spring football practice, but he was playing with the school’s baseball team in the state playoffs. Banda is a pitcher and first baseman. Arizona offered a football scholarship on Monday, and Banda accepted. He also had offers from Florida International and UNC Charlotte.
“It’s a really good offer and it’s in the Pac-12,” Banda said. “And they’ve got a new coach with Rich Rodriquez. Everything is looking good over there, and I’ve always wanted to go to the West Coast. They have nice weather over there and it’s different.”
Banda played defensive end and tight end this past season at Grayson, which won the Class AAAAA state championship. He is in the same class as DE Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, and RB Wayne Gallman, who committed to Clemson.
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