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Banner: "Washington opened my eyes"

Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes four-star offensive tackle Zach Banner took his fourth official visit to Washington on Dec. 10. The 6-foot-9, 330-pound prep has previously visited Oklahoma, Michigan and Notre Dame.

You can often find mammoth tackle Zach Banner wearing a smile as big as him.

Washington has always been the home town school for Banner and he has visited there several times. But this visit made an even bigger impact on the nation's No. 144 ranked player.

"It opened my eyes a lot," Banner said. "I know I have been there a bunch before but this gave me a chance to see the student life and talk to academic advisors. My parents went with me and I feel like Washington helped their chances a lot."

The city of Seattle has a lot to offer, and Banner said that aspect really stuck out on the trip.

"I just forget how remarkable the city is," he said. "I love Seattle and it's a great place to be. I just got a great vibe from the whole trip. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was my host and showed me a great time."

Basketball continues to be a high priority in his recruitment and the Huskies have certainly put in the effort there as well.

"All of the five remaining schools offer great basketball," he said. "Washington has been recruiting me since I was a freshman for basketball, so I know they are sincerely interested."

His final trip is to USC on Jan. 13. Banner said he is looking forward to his final trip with a decision to come soon after.

"I'm just looking to see what a student experiences there for 48 hours. I've been to USC before and it's a great school, I'm looking forward to the trip and making my decision."

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