Speculation ran rampant on the Internet this weekend that Lakes High offensive tackle Zach Banner gave an oral commitment to USC during his official visit this weekend.
I sent Zach a text shortly after 11 a.m. on Sunday and asked him to clear up speculation that he had orally committed to USC.
Here’s his reply: “Did not commit yet…Please make that lots and clear up there”
Look, there are going to more rumors like this until signing day on Feb. 1 and each one will have a 33.3 percent chance of being right — Banner is down to Oklahoma, Washington and USC. Banner hasn’t given many clues publicly about where he’s leaning. Good for him. There’s going to be suspense at his announcement and I’m looking forward to covering it.
Sure, Zach could end up at USC. I know he likes the program. He’s taken two unofficial visits there. The coaching staff has made him feel special, too. After an unofficial visit in the summer, Zach’s family spent a few days at Disneyland and USC sent him a letter each day to the hotel his family stayed at. Now, that’s showing the love.
There’s also lots for him to like about Washington and Oklahoma. He really enjoyed official visits to both schools. Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian has taken over Zach’s recruitment and that can’t hurt UW’s chances.