The North Shore pipeline continues to produce nothing but gems, as former Texas A&M wide receiver Shadrach Banks has elected to transfer to TCU.
Banks, a four star wide receiver out of high school, chose the Aggies over 31 other offers, including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, and a litany of highly ranked Power Five schools. He was a true blue chip recruit, and just about everybody in the country wanted to see the 6’1” 220 athletic freak out of Houston join their program.
Initially an early-enrollee in College State, Banks entered the transfer portal in late April, and was immediately on TCU Football’s radar. The Frogs, it is rumored, recruited him as a linebacker, where he has an excellent chance to make an immediate impact at the position that lost 5th round draft pick Garret Wallow to the NFL. If he were to stay at the position that made him an All American at North Shore, he becomes a top three option in an offense desperate for a spark in the passing game, and someone who could be effective working alongside Quentin Johnston in the deep game. Of him, 247 recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks said he’s a “flat-out football player with big-play punch and big-game experience. Projects to high-major level as multi-year starter with NFL Draft potential.”
In his two healthy seasons at North Shore, Brooks amassed 126 receptions for 1,592 yards and 30 touchdowns. He was a big play machine who was named District MVP as a senior and helped win a title — alongside fellow Frogs Kee’yon Stewart and Zach Evans — as a sophomore.
Pursued hard by Texas, Auburn, and other schools, TCU ultimately won the day. Rumor is that both the handling and the success of running back Zach Evans helped the Frogs’ cause, as people around the North Shore program — one of the top talent producers in the state — have been incredibly impressed with the way the coaches have helped Evans maximize his opportunities on and off the field. It can’t hurt that Stewart is one of the more vocal TCU players on twitter when it comes to recruiting other talented athletes, as well.
Where Banks ultimately lands position-wise remains to be seen, but he is likely to make an immediate impact wherever he lines up. This is, undoubtedly, a huge get for TCU Football.