Sevyn Banks is now a Buckeye. Two days and two commitments for the Ohio State Buckeyes, this time it comes from a little further south. Wednesday, the Buckeyes picked up the commitment of Georgia’s Brenton Cox, and last night the Buckeyes went into Florida and snagged a rangy and quick defensive back to add to the class of 2018.
There wasn’t a lot of talk about Banks committing to the Buckeyes, in fact he was heavily favored to stay down south to play his football. Instead, a Spring Game visit to Ohio State two weeks ago along with an in-school visit from cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs sealed the deal for Ohio State.
What kind of impact will Cox’s commitment have on Ohio State now and going forward?
Banks is a 6-foot-1 180-pound cornerback from Orlando, Florida. He is ranked as the No. 22 cornerback in the class of 2018 and is Florida’s No. 40 overall prospect. His 247Composite ranking of No. 201 makes him the lowest ranked of the current Ohio State commitments, but that ranking could jump as he missed his entire junior season due to a torn ACL.
With offers from Florida, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, and Oklahoma, he had his choice of top programs to select. In fact, he had four crystal ball projections in for the Gators, and even a few were put in this month. Those predictions were put in on the heels of an unofficial visit to Florida at the beginning of the month. He followed that up with a visit to Tennessee and then the Spring Game at Ohio State.
There isn’t a lot of film on Banks, as he missed all of last season due to an ACL injury. His size is in the mold of an Eli Apple from a few years ago and his limited film reminded me of him a bit.
Apple left Ohio State after his redshirt sophomore season and was a first-round draft pick of the New York Giants. His size and frame were two reasons that NFL scouts fell in love with him and Banks has a similar build. While Apple did not have quite the stats that some defensive backs have, he was known to take on the opposing team’s best wide receiver and did an admirable job at shutting them down. As you may recall, he and the Ohio State defense shut down Oregon to secure the 2015 National Championship.
After last year’s cornerback class, the Buckeyes won’t be taking nearly as many in this class, so the addition of Banks will be one of only a few additions in the class of 2018. Ohio State will likely still be looking to add the services of Houston Griffith and Anthony Cook, both of whom are very high on Ohio State.
Ohio State has become a defensive back factory over the past few seasons, sending multiple guys into the NFL Draft. If that trend becomes commonplace at Ohio State, then the recruiting of athletes like Banks will be very important to keep the pipeline of talent flowing in Columbus.
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Defensive back is now one of the youngest positions on the team due to the departure of Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, and Malik Hooker to the NFL Draft this season. The Buckeyes brought in a record haul in the secondary last year and don’t look to be taking another class as big as that this year. Banks certainly has his work cut out for him to earn some playing time early, as he will be competing against guys like Shaun Wade, Jeffrey Okudah, and Marcus Williamson for a few years.
Banks has the ability to play on offense and special teams, although I am uncertain if that will transpire at the college level. If it does, then he may find himself on the field quicker than he would just playing defensive back.
I mentioned this in Brenton Cox’s piece, but the sheer amount of talent that is coming into Ohio State right now is really unheard of in the Big Ten. Ohio State is loaded in the secondary with potential star players, and while we haven’t seen what most of them are capable of on the college level, we have seen what Kerry Coombs and the defensive staff has done with past stars.
Banks brings a lot of versatility to Ohio State with his ability to line up on offense, defense, and special teams and be a factor. It will certainly be interesting to see how the Buckeyes end up using him, as he could be an instant impact player at the college level.