Ashburn, VA (January 9, 2015) – Broad Run High School senior Jashawn Banks has committed to play football at the United States Naval Academy beginning the 2015 – 2016 academic school year.
“I choose Navy because of the type of education I would receive, as well as for the opportunity to play quality football.” Said Banks, “ Navy has a great tradition, a great schedule, and they have been very competitive.” Founded in 1845, the scenic Naval Academy campus is located in historic Annapolis, Maryland. With its combination of early 20th-century and modern buildings, the Naval Academy is a blend of tradition and state-of-the-art technology that exemplifies today’s Navy and Marine Corps.
Banks will be playing under Coach Ken Niumatalolo, the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Coach Niumatalolo became Navy’s all-time winningest coach during the 2014 season, compiling a 57 – 35 record, including a 7 – 0 record against rival service academy Army. Said Banks regarding football, “The only thing I expect in my first year is to work harder than I ever have in the past.” In the classroom, “The fields of study that most interest me are the Navy’s engineering and history programs.”
“It felt good to make my decision and I’m glad the recruiting process is over. The travel, camps, and constant grind of the process were tough at times, but the Naval Academy did a good job in their recruiting efforts. They thoroughly answered my questions, showed a lot of respect, and expressed how much they really cared,” said Banks. “They made my decision as easy as possible. Now I can focus on and start doing things I need to do to be successful at Navy.”
In terms of his twelve years of football, when asked about his fondest gridiron memories, Banks replied, “My teammates! We have a strong bond and I know some of us will be friends for life. I’ll never forget the big rivalry games we’ve played over the last four years. Of the plays I’ve made, the one that stands out the most occurred this past season when I ripped the ball from the quarterback in the Liberty game and ran 65 yards for a touchdown to change the momentum of the game in the fourth quarter.” Bank’s Broad Run Spartans eventually went on to win that game 38 – 35 after outscoring their opponent 21 – 7 in the final quarter.”
“I am thankful for every single football coach who has ever coached me. I’ve learned something from every one of them. I am most thankful of my family, especially my Mom, for all the love and support they have provided to make me the man I am today and wish to become. To all those that dream, start early, always believe in yourself, and trust your talents.”
Please join me in congratulating Jashawn on his commitment to the United States Naval Academy.
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Written by Aaron Wyche