JALEN BANKS DB 5'11 188 Rivals★★★ESPN★★★247★★★Scout★★★
No. 13 Overall Player in Illinois - Rivals.com No. 44 Safety in Nation - 247Sports.com
Selected Vanderbilt overOle Miss, Oregon, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Michigan State, Illinois, Boston College and Northwestern among others
[Photo Credit: (Ill.) Southtown Star]
HIGH SCHOOL Four-year starter for large public school located in south Chicago suburb... As senior DB, posted 60 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass breakups and four forced fumbles for 8-3 squad that advanced to first round of state playoffs... Named All-State by both Illinois Coaches Association and Chicago Tribune... As junior, contributed four INTs, three fumble recoveries to go with 55 tackles... Started at WR as freshman, moving to safety as sophomore... During career, registered 156 tackles, 10 INTs and 23 pass breakups... Sprinter in track, finishing sixth in 100-meters at 2012 state meet; PR of 10.61... Ranks among top of his class academically.
PERSONAL Jalen Aaron Banks... Son of Frederick Banks and Amani Wesley... Born Sept. 10, 1994... Younger brother, Jauan, is starting WR at school, which has produced many stars, including former Steelers' WR Antwaan Randle El... Participates in Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization and other service efforts at high school.
THORNTON TOWNSHIP HEAD COACH BILL MOSEL "First, I want to talk about Jalen as an individual. He is as good a person as I've ever been around - and I'm a longtime coach here. He is a good character, goal-driven person, a kid that has his priorities in line.
"Jalen brings a lot of speed and knowledge to the football field, and plays fast, physical and smart.
"Jalen is going to have a great career at Vanderbilt. Whatever he sets his mind to, he'll accomplish."