Banks thinks highly of DB coach Corey Bell: Florida Gators recruiting

If you took a quick look at the Florida Gators recruiting list of visitors for Saturday you would notice that the coaching staff had a lot of defensive backs on campus.

It wasn’t just average defensive back either, it was highly sought after guys including defensive back Sevyn Banks (6-1, 185, Orlando, FL. Jones) who enjoyed his visit.

“It was good, they showed us all around the school,” Banks said. “We got to tour the campus and try on the jerseys. We talked to Coach Mac, he talked to us for a little bit. We toured the new building that they made for all athletes to tutor at. We had fun and just took some pictures. Oh and we went to the basketball game.”

Banks who is the younger brother of current Gators safety Marcell Harris knows what the Gator fans are like and he noticed that at the basketball game on Saturday.

“It was good, they won,” he said on the basketball game. “The atmosphere was good. Like I said the fans are always good at Florida and they always are into it and seem like they care.”

Saturday was the first time for Banks to meet new defensive backs coach Corey Bell and the first meeting went well according to the defensive back.

“He’s a good dude, I liked him,” Banks said on his first meeting with Bell. “I didn’t really get to talk to him a lot but we’re going to get in contact more. We’re going to text and talk more; everything is going to be good. He’s a cool dude.”

Bell and Banks did get the chance to meet each other which was a good thing but they didn’t get to spend a ton of time talking.

“There was a lot of people there so we didn’t get to really talk to him too much,” he said on what Bell told him. “He said he was glad that I was here and that he wants to get me up there more.”

Head coach Jim McElwain met with Banks and his family for a good amount of time on Saturday and explained how bad he wants the defensive back at Florida.

“Coach Mac said he really wanted us to be there and he wants me to be a Gator,” Banks said on his conversations with McElwain. “He said he wasn’t going to take no for an answer so he wants me to commit. It was real funny and he also talked about grades and stuff. That’s important being a student-athlete.”

With Banks having his brother Marcell Harris at Florida, he knows what it takes to play in the SEC and his brother tells the 2018 prospect to compete and be better.

“He just tells me what he likes and he always tells me that he wants me to be better than him,” he said on what Marcell Harris tells him. “I could possibly replace him one day and that would be pretty cool. He’s a great player but I’m just trying to be better than him.”

Despite having the family connection to Florida, Banks says that nobody is leading for him at this time.

“I’m pretty wide open, it’s a lot of schools up there, I’m not set on one school,” Banks said on if anyone was leading. “I’m not planning on committing right now, I need to weight my options I think.”


INSIDERS TAKE: Florida is in good shape for Banks who is picking up a lot of offers lately. South Carolina and Will Muschamp are also trying to get Banks on campus this spring. The safety says he will visit Florida for a spring practice.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.