VIDEO: Korey Banks explains decision for Gamecocks
The family that packed Sandy Creek High School represented why Korey Banks wanted to come to South Carolina.
“I just got the best feel,” the three-star wide receiver said on National Signing Day. “It all came down to relationships.”
Banks picked the Gamecocks over North Carolina (who he had originally committed to) and Alabama, who showed late interest. His visit to Columbia not only reunited him with former teammate Alan Knott, but with other Georgians such as Bryson Allen-Williams.
They each told Banks to not take their word on how great USC could be, to see for himself. He came away from his visit knowing he wanted to be at the Carolina closer to home.
The receiver has a chance to step right in, something he shares with Randrecous Davis, who also picked the Gamecocks later that day. The two can help Will Muschamp’s first team replace the all-world talents of Pharoh Cooper, and aid a receiving corps that doesn’t return a lot of experience.
Banks’ family surrounded him as he made his decision and signed his letter. While small in stature, scouts have compared him to former Gamecock Nick Jones. Jones wasn’t the most heralded player USC ever had but caught everything that came his way.
Banks, wearing a black USC hat to match his bowtie, reflected on his former commitment and then about the flirtation from the Crimson Tide. The last piqued his interest – “They’re the No. 1 school in the nation!” – but his heart was already set.
“The hardest part about the decision was turning schools down,” he said. “It’s definitely, truly a blessing.”