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Pitt Football Receives Commitment from 2024 3-Star Athlete Tayshawn Banks



Pitt’s highly successful month of March continued Monday as 2024 three-star safety Tayshawn Banks became Pitt’s latest commit.

Banks (6-foot, 170 pounds) attends Taft High School in Cincinnati, Ohio and was recruited by defensive coordinator Randy Bates, along with Pat Narduzzi and Cory Sanders. And the coaching staff as a whole was a big reason for his commitment.

“I kinda had a feeling Pitt is where I wanted to go, but then going up there, it made my decision 100% clear,” Banks told PSN. “When I went up there, the experience of being at Pitt is different. When I went to Michigan, I didn’t feel the same way I did at Pitt.”

Banks held Power Five offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Penn State, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Boston College, along with a number of Group of Five offers.

Banks made this decision final after attending Pitt’s scrimmage on Saturday, but he came into the visit with a mindset that Pitt was the place he needed to be.

As a junior at Taft, he picked off nine passes (which includes three returned for touchdowns), but he also starred as a kick returner — scoring long touchdowns in the kickoff and punt return phases. He’s a true ballhawk, and it’s usually led to success.

“I like to play the trail technique, when we go man-to-man, we have a safety over the top, and I drop below him because I feel like if the quarterback in high school is throwing the ball in a small pocket like that, that quarterback should go a long way,” Banks said.

“I’m a good physical guy, and I like to stare at the quarterback a little bit, and I feel like at Pitt, on certain plays, that’s what I’m able to do.”

While he’s played nickel at Taft, Pitt feels he’s strong enough to play on the boundary and fast enough to play in the field. Either way, he has a future at safety in Pittsburgh. And he wants to prove he’s a lockdown defensive back — the next to come from Pitt.

Banks is the first defensive back to commit to Pitt’s class of 2024, and he joins a class that features a few defensive linemen in four-star Jahsear Whittington, three-star Ty Yuhas, three-star Francis Brewu and Zachary Crothers.

Pitt has also added commitments from four-star wide receiver DayDay Farmer, three-star offensive lineman Jiavani Cooley and three-star tight end Eric Ingwerson.

Now that he’s officially one of the newest members of Pitt’s class, he’s just excited to show that he fits in well with the rest of the class.

“It feels good,” Banks said. “The people of Pitt, the students of Pitt, everybody that likes Pitt, they’ve been showing me a lot of love. That feels good coming from the school I committed to.

“The coaches gave me a chance to show my abilities, and I won’t let them down.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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George M.
George M.
2 months ago

OK Mr Banks.

You have made a wise decision. And, I want to congratulate you.
You shall be a great and valuable asset to the University, and to the world at large.

2 months ago

That’s a pretty impressive offer list.

2 months ago

Beat out both Michigan and State Penn. That is indeed pretty impressive.
Narduzzi can really be frustrating at times but no one can deny that he’s done an excellent job at maximizing the abilities of recruited athletes which has led to a strong conduit to the NFL. Which, of course, strengthens future efforts to grow top rated recruits. The Pitt program and culture of success are finally solidifying. Great job coaches.

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