Safety Jalen Banks from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Ill., committed to Vanderbilt after an official visit to Nashville last weekend.
“I just felt comfortable there,” Banks told 247Sports. “They treated me an my family like family. I get to compete in the SEC and compete with the best week in and week out and get a good education. It’s a chance to write history.”
Banks chose Vanderbilt over offers from Ole Miss, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Northwestern, Oregon and Wisconsin.
Banks believes he could be the latest piece in Vanderbilt coach James Franklin’s plan to help the Commodores improve in the SEC.
“To be able to change the program and write history, that’s an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” he said. “I can start something. My commitment can lead to other commitments and next year we can have another top 10 or top 20 class and my senior year we can be competing for SEC championships and national championships.”