by Mark Clements
October 7, 2010 – Chalmette High School is off to one of its best starts in recent memory. A major contributor to the Owl’s hot 4-1 start has been running back James Banks.
Using his 4.56 speed, the 5-foot-8, 185 pound senior has helped the offense rack in more than 35 points in each of its four victories.
Banks said his favorite part of playing is the heavy competition he faces.
“I’m a competitive person,” Banks said. “I just like to go out there and show off skills wise and see the skills the other players have and try to match them.”
Banks also takes his talents to the track, where he runs the 4×1 relay, the 4×10 relay, the 100m dash and the 200m dash. He has won first place in numerous races including the hundred, clocking a time 10.9.
Banks said the team has won several meets at home, along with garnering a district championship.
The young athlete is also a strong one, with a bench of 300, a squat at 450 and a 275-pound clean.
Already developing into a great man on and off the field, Banks is taking his time making a decision on where he’ll suit up at the next level. Ha has attended football camps at Tulane and ULL.
With schools on his list like Southeastern, Texas A&M, ULL, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern and McNeese, Banks said he is still open.
But he did give a list of front runners.
“If I had a choice to pick I’d pick A&M, Southeastern or Louisiana Tech,” Banks said “Those programs fit my type of running.”
Banks said the high school competition is a lot of fun, and said the best challenge for him comes from within his district.
“My favorite teams to play against are the teams on the West Bank – Ehret, Higgins, and West Jefferson. There’s a lot of competition and they’re in our district and we want to try to win it all. Another team is Holy Cross because they’re our rivalry.”
At the highest level, Banks said he is a big New Orleans Saints fan and he said he sees them repeating their championship ways.