West Virginia added its 19th commitment to the 2018 football recruiting class on Wednesday afternoon as North Versailles (Pa.) East Allegheny athlete TJ Banks pledged to the Mountaineers.
The 247Sports three-star prospect chose West Virginia over fellow finalists Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Temple.
Banks was seen by numerous colleges as a “jumbo athlete,” someone who could play tight end, offensive tackle or defensive end at the next level. He’ll get his first shot at tight end when he enrolls in Morgantown.
WVU caught his eye after meeting with offensive analyst (and former graduate assistant) Dan Gerberry, who specializes in recruiting tight ends.
“He was just saying stuff like ‘I fit in well in their offense,’” Banks said after his June visit that put the Mountaineers on top of his recruitment.
According to 247Sports National Analyst Brian Dohn, other “schools may regret not offering” Banks, and that the Mountaineers just secured a solid contributor.
“Banks’ versatility is a key,” said Dohn. “He can play tight end, which is his best position in college, or defensive end.
“His ability to get off the line of scrimmage and his size make him a threat in the passing game and also someone who can be uses as an in-line blocker. He has a chance to be a solid contributor quickly for the Mountaineers.”
Banks visited campus earlier this year for a game and plans to return for an official visit in December. His commitment moves the Mountaineers up three spots to No. 31 in the 247Sports Team Rankings, jumping the likes of North Carolina State, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.