It's looking like Zach Banner could be going Midwest or West Coast after the release of his top 5 schools to Dirk Knudsen of the Northwest Prep Report. Here's the list of those schools.
- The Michigan Wolverines: Michigan has returned to a physical style of football that relies on winning the trenches, and Banner could be one of those tackles trying to anchor things on the outside.
- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish: Banner took his official visit to South Bend, and you have to imagine this prestigious program will be in the mix to land him until the very end.
- The Oklahoma Sooners: A relatively new entry into this recruiting contest, you have to think Bob Stoops's team is a dark horse to land Banner. Still, Banner does have them up there.
- The USC Trojans: Probably one of the favorites, Banner could team up with Jordan Simmons to provide one of the most intimidating one-two combos in terms of offensive line recruiting in this class.
- The Washington Huskies: The prohibitive favorite until Banner shows any indication he wants to go anywhere else. The Lakewood product is a Washington local, and it appears like this could be Sark's battle to lose.
Here's video of him talking about the recruiting process and his football team.
For more on football recruiting at each of these schools, head to Maize N Brew (Michigan), One Foot Down (Notre Dame), Crimson and Cream Machine (Oklahoma), Conquest Chronicles (USC), and UW Dawg Pound (Washington).