#9 Jonathan Banks
Previous College: Contra Costa (Calif.) College
Status: On Scholarship
Jonathan Sean Banks (b. Aug. 14, 1996) was a very late addition to the roster. The JUCO quarterback found out he could transfer in without an associate's degree and did so earlier this summer, well after National Signing Day.
Banks, who chose the Wildcats over offers from Kansas and Utah, qualified out of high school, but elected to go to junior college so he could stay at quarterback when all his offers at the time were as a cornerback or wide receiver.
He played for the Nimitz High School Cougars under head coach Robert Toomer, earned District 18-5A MVP honors as a senior in 2013, participated in track and basketball, and was member of the 4x400 regional finalist team.
Banks then played one year for the Contra Costa College Comets under head coach Alonzo Carter.
He helped to lead Contra Costa to a 9-1 record, earning Northern California Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and All-California Region II first-team honors. He threw three touchdown passes on two occasions.
Banks threw for 1,992 yards and 17 touchdowns on 140-of-235 aim, while rushing for 700 yards and 11 scores on 131 attempts. In his second game of the year against Reedley, he accounted for a whopping 395 total yards and five touchdowns (one pass, four rush), while also throwing a season-long 78-yard touchdown pass.
He also threw for 203 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 140 yards and two more scores against Shasta, and rushed for 183 yards — including a season-long 95-yard touchdown — against Redwoods.
Those are impressive accolades, but at last report, Banks is (predictably) struggling somewhat with the adjustment to Division I football, especially when it comes to learning the playbook and perfecting his passing attack.
But since the coaches likely want to redshirt stud freshman Alex Delton, it's likely that they won't also redshirt Banks even though he has one available. Look for him to settle in as the third-string/change-of-pace running quarterback.