Banks chooses Wolfpack

N.C. State landed a verbal commitment from an inspirational story in defensive back Bryce Banks from Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo.

Banks’ story was well-profiled by the Columbia Missourian. He witnessed a shooting in Kansas City at five years old, and grew up in an area where gunshots were treated as commonplace as fireworks on Fourth of July.

Banks’ family, including brothers, had their own problems with the law, and at age 13 Banks appeared to be following down their path, spending four months at the Columbia Juvenile Justice Center.

That experience and football turned Banks’ life around however, and this past summer he verbally committed to Missouri after earning an offer at their summer camp. Banks decided though that it would be best for him to get out of the region for college, and he opened up his recruitment.

Illinois seemed like Banks’ likely destination until N.C. State offered in November. He officially visited both schools before picking the Wolfpack Thursday afternoon. He will enroll early at NCSU. The 6-3, 190-pounder is an intriguing prospect, possessing the size of a safety but the cover ability to potentially play corner.

He gives the Wolfpack 18 verbal commitments in the 2016 class.