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Arizona lands DE Banda

Jack Banda has never visited Arizona, but the Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end likes everything he has heard about the school and its football program from the Wildcats staff.
"It's a Pac-12 school, it's over on the West coast, it's something different, and it looks like they're about to turn stuff around," Banda told Rivals.com. "They're about to get good football players there. They've got a new head coach with Rich Rodriguez."
Banda hopes to be part of an Arizona turnaround.
On Friday, he committed to the Wildcats.
"That's a big offer, and I didn't want to let it get off the table," Banda said. "It's in the Pac-12, and that's a big factor. I like the West Coast."
The 6-feet-4, 220-pound Banda, who will be a two-year starter this fall, was a key contributor for Grayon's state championship squad in 2011. He recorded 70-plus tackles and 14 sacks, and also played tight end.
"I'll be a DE at Arizona," Banda said. "I just played defensive end last year for the first time. It's been a lot of fun."
Banda also had offers from Florida International and Charlotte. He ultimately chose the Wildcats over FIU. FIU liked him at tight end. Charlotte also was recruiting Banda as a defensive end.
"I called Coach [Tony] Gibson [to commit] and he was really excited," Banda said.
Banda plans to make his first visit to Arizona later this summer. He also will take an official visit there at some point. According to Banda, he probably will not visit other schools.
"I think I'm done," Banda said.
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