Orlando Jones High junior Sevyn Banks was offered by Florida on Thursday (Jan. 19). (Chris Hays) Sevyn Banks must be quite an impressive athlete to the coaches who have at least seen some of what the Orlando Jones High junior cornerback can do.
Even though he missed his entire junior season with a torn ACL, Banks received his fifth and biggest biggest scholarship offer to date on Thursday from Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain .
Two hours after Banks had talked about his Florida offer, Auburn was on the horn and offered, as well.
The offer from Florida comes as huge news for Banks, who is the brother of current Gators junior safety Marcell Harris. Banks considers Florida “my dream school” and he said a commitment to UF could even be in his near future, but he wants to talk over his plans with his mother Andrea Tate.
“I’m not sure. I do have to talk it over with my mom … I mean, yeah, I think so,” Banks said about a possible commitment to UF, “but I’m not totally sure yet. … If it’s the right school for me and I can come in a play, definitely.”
Banks said UF director of player personnel Drew Hughes was on the Jones High campus at track practice Thursday, and a Jones coach put Banks on the phone with McElwain to relay the news of the offer. The Gators also offered Jones High teammate Dominick Hill, a 2020 receiver/safety, on Thursday.
Banks said his brother called him shortly after hearing of the offer, but he said Marcell was not trying to convince him to commit to UF.
“Nah, nothing like that. He was just real happy for me and trying to be there for me,” said Banks, who also has offers from Maryland, Bowling Green, Syracuse and USF. “I’ve always liked the Gators, even before my brother went there.”
He said he feels quite fortunate to have gained as much attention as he has despite his injury. Banks spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Orlando First Academy before transferring to Jones.
“It’s crazy. I guess they can see how I can run now, after the surgery,” Banks said.
Coach McElwain told Banks he liked “my range, my speed and my ability to cover,” and he can’t wait to get back on the field for his senior season, which will begin with spring practice in May.
“I’m ready to make a point … come out and bust some heads,” Banks said. “It feels great.”
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