Chicago Simeon has a dangerous speedster in senior running back Horactio Banks who currently holds…
Banks Talks Cardinal Future
Horactio Banks, a smaller but lightning-fast running back from Simeon, gave his verbal pledge to Ball State during a commitment ceremony held at the high school. He's looking forward to being able to play a couple of his high school teammates down the road as well. "I think it was the best decision I could make. I knew D-Reed (Demarius Reed) was going to Eastern from the beginning and we play them every year. And they're close to Chris so it'll be like a rivalry." Banks was getting attention from some other schools, but in the end, he saw his best opportunity in Muncie, Indiana. "I was hearing from Northern Illinois, Memphis, and North Dakota. Ball State felt like family and they like to run the ball." Miquale Lewis was a small, shifty back that had a significant impact at Ball State. Banks sees himself fitting that mold. "I feel like I fit right in. They got a new coaching staff and I'm going to come in and help turn things around." Despite the competition he will face at his position, he is accustomed to working hard and believes that he could get some carries early in his career. "I'm going to come in and play. All I have to do is work hard. They have two running backs that play and that's it. One of them is hurt right now so I'm sure I can play." As a four-year starter, Banks got to see a little bit of everything at Simeon. His junior year, his team won the city title. As a senior, he helped power an undefeated regular season and a state quarterfinal loss to the eventual state runner-up in Lake Zurich. He hopes that the next group can continue to raise the bar for the program. "The guys have to stay focused, work hard, and stay mentally focused. I think they can do much better than we did." Keep an eye out for Banks as he's sure to continue his big play ability at Ball State for the next four years.
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