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OSU Makes Top 8 for Five-Star 2022 OT Kelvin Banks

Could Banks recommit to OSU?



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The Cowboys have cleared another hurdle in the competition for elite 2022 prospect Kelvin Banks Jr.

He included OSU in a Top 8 list that dropped on Wednesday, along with Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Oregon and Ole Miss.

Banks is a former OSU commit, who reopened his recruitment July 12, but he has since kept the Cowboys in consideration.

An Elite-Level Prospect

Banks is the No. 2 offensive tackle in the 2022 class, per 247 Sports, and the No. 6 prospect out of the state of Texas. He’s a five-star stud that’s more than just big and strong (though is definitely both of those things at 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds).

247’s Gabe Brooks had this to say during his assessment of Banks.

A high-floor offensive lineman who also still has significant developmental potential to provide a high ceiling in the long term. Should become a multi-year high-major starter. Possesses long-term potential to reach the early rounds of the NFL Draft. [Kelvin Banks, Summer Creek, Offensive Tackle (]

OSU Has a History With Banks

The Cowboys were the first to offer Banks and the first to receive a commitment from him back in September of 2019. But as the offers continued to roll in — he’s sitting at 24 — and his star continued to soar, Banks decommitted in July of last year and reopened his recruitment. But it’s never felt like OSU was out of the race, and the Cowboys’ inclusion on Wednesday bolsters that notion.

What Landing Banks Would Mean

If Banks signed with OSU today, his 0.9844 composite ranking would be the school’s second-highest ever, an eyelash under Bobby Reid’s 0.9845 ranking.

It would also boost OSU’s current No. 11 class ranking (at 129.05) to No. 9 (152.04). Oklahoma is No. 8 with a 161.85 projected team score.

More than rankings, Banks has the potential to be a Day 1 starter on the Cowboys’ O-line. Talents like this don’t land in Stillwater all that often.

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