March 8, 2011

Banner to camp in Eugene

With an athletic, 6-foot-9 high school junior frame with 310 pounds packed onto it, most people would anticipate swarms of colleges at their doorstep. That is not the way Zach Banner thought about things. Despite being dominant at the high school level in both football and basketball, Banner has focused on working hard and making good decisions. The overwhelming recruiting attention he is receiving was not something he was focused on.

"Everything was unexpected because in my family we have a thing where we never take anything for granted," Banner confided. "When I first got into high school Coach (Dave) Miller told me if you do everything correct and right you are going to get recruited highly. But I have just always been a person that doesn't take anything for granted so I didn't expect it. I just went out and worked and figured whatever comes will be because I earned it."

With towering size added to his frame in the span of a few short years, Banner has faced problems most people will never need to understand.

"Yes sir, that was a big problem my freshman and sophomore years was the fact that because I grew so much I was never flexible and I was never loose in my hips so I had trouble getting down low," analyzed Banner. "I think the one thing that I've been working on the most with my trainer and working with my coaches is hip and leg flexibility. I have been stretching hard every day. Another thing about growing fast is that I was never able to get stronger. If I got stronger at 6-foot-5, I would grow to 6-foot-7 then I would be 6-foot-8. I just kept growing and growing and it's hard to get strong when your muscles are growing longer. But I think hitting the weight room and the track hard I feel like I've adapted more to my body more now."

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