There is no question that Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft has an abundance of talent in the class of 2006. Another player from the school that is getting serious D-I looks is running back/linebacker Shelton Banks (5-11, 180, 4.45).
"Before there was Jamere Holland, before there was Chris Wellington, before there was T.J. Flournoy, there was Shelton," Taft offensive coordinator Derwin Henderson said. "Shelton was the guy."
"Shelton started as a sophomore and he has never looked back," Henderson said. "He has been a productive football player for us ever since."
"Shelton's first-step is a blur," Henderson said. "He's also surprisingly strong for his size."
Banks currently benches 280-pounds, squats 420-pounds and cleans 250-pounds.
"Shelton always makes the first tackler in the scene miss and he's tough to take down," Henderson said. "Another thing you have to love about Shelton is he's a tough blocker who is excellent picking up the blitz."
As a sophomore, Banks rushed for approximately 900 yards while sharing the football and scored 12 touchdowns.
Banks was injured as a junior and only rushed for 354 yards and two touchdowns. He did however catch 26 passes for 162 yards and three more touchdowns. Banks also had two interceptions during his junior season.
Another interesting fact about Banks is he also handles Taft's punting chores.
On the recruiting trail Banks is hearing from everybody since he has been a known commodity since his freshman season.
Banks is hearing from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Cal, Oregon State and UCLA.
If Banks stays healthy for his senior season you will hear plenty about him.