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Early Signing Period 2017: OT Noah Banks signs with Florida Gators

The Gators add another piece to their offensive line.

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Junior college transfer offensive tackle Noah Banks signed with the Florida Gators today. The Pensacola native committed to Florida just yesterday, announcing his intention to sign with Florida and “come home.”

Florida head coach Dan Mullen announced Banks’ signing this morning on Twitter:

Banks is the nation’s No. 6 rated junior college offensive tackle and flipped from Arkansas to Florida. Banks also considered Texas, taking a visit there before officially visiting UF this past weekend. You can view full highlights of Banks here, or the clips Florida posted below.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman attends Iowa Western Community College and graduated from West Florida Tech High School in Pensacola. Banks noted that Florida’s proximity to his family was a big factor in his decision, as was his existing relationship with former Mississippi State offensive line coach, and current Gators assistant coach, John Hevesy — something also mentioned by fellow offensive tackle signee Chris Bleich.

Banks is the seventh signee of the Gators’ early signing period, and one of Florida’s 13 current commitments in the 2018 recruiting class, which is presently ranked No. 30 by the 247Sports Composite rankings.