January 27, 2008
Hawaii commit enjoys SMU weekend
When Sugar Land (Texas) Kempner safety Chris Banjo committed to Hawaii, the Warriors were undefeated and heading into the Sugar Bowl to face the University of Georgia. Since then, Hawaii's lost its undefeated season and its head coach took over at SMU. Now, Banjo is considering the Mustangs as well.
This weekend Banjo took his second official visit, heading to Dallas to see what June Jones has to offer at his new program. The visit confirmed Banjo's interest and should make his final decision a difficult one.
"I visited SMU this weekend," Banjo said. "It went very well. It's a great place with a brand new coaching staff. I know they're gonna win here."
Instead of asking what impressed Banjo about SMU, the more appropriate question may be, what didn't impress the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder.
"I got in on Friday," he said. "They have great facilities, top notch facilities. The weigh room was great. The practice facilities were great. The press box was great. I liked all the players I met they're very team-oriented and they're very confident that the new coaches are going to make this a successful program."
Banjo had the opportunity to sit down with coach Jones during the trip as well and once again came away impressed.
"He talked to me about what he's trying to do here," he said. "He just expressed to me that he really wants me down here at SMU. He knows that I really want to win and that I fit in at SMU perfectly."
Banjo, without hesitation, rated the trip a "10" and will be making a final decision within the next two or three days. He says that comfort level will be the deciding factor in his decision.
"It will just be where I feel more comfortable," he said. "Ever since Coach Jones left, I've been real comfortable with him and who I met at Hawaii. I may take an official visit out to Hawaii next weekend but I'm not sure yet."
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