December 19, 2007
Hawaii picks one out of Texas
Sugar Land (Texas) Kempner safety Chris Banjo is a guy who knows what he wants. Scholarship offers from Air Force, Navy, Sam Houston State and UTEP where great but it wasn't what he was looking for. On Wednesday night, Banjo found what he was looking for and didn't waste any time acting on it.
"It's kind of out of pocket and came as a surprise but I'll be playing football for the University of Hawaii next season," Banjo said.
Banjo had been maintaining communication with the Hawaii coaching staff for about two weeks but had yet to receive an offer. When did the offer finally come?
"About five minutes ago," he said. "They gave me the offer and I committed right there. I gave them a call because they'd been recruiting me and I gave him a call to tell him how it was going and I asked if he thought they would be giving me an offer. He said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship and I said, 'It looks like I'm going to Hawaii.'"
Hawaii defensive line coach Jeff Reinebold recruited Banjo and upon hearing about the commitment wanted to make sure the safety got his name off the market immediately.
"He was excited," Banjo said. "He said to tell Rivals right away."
As is the case with all of Hawaii's recruits from the mainland, Banjo has the distance factor to deal with but he had very little hesitation.
"At first I was a little hesitant but I figured that college football is no joke and you gotta make a commitment," he said. "My parents want me to do whatever's best for me. I liked the environment at Hawaii, the coaching staff is unbelievable. I'm very happy."
Clearly with such a snapshot decision, Banjo had made up in his mind that Hawaii would be the place for him, but when did that decision come?
"When they went undefeated, what do you think? Right now Hawaii is the best team in the country. They're undefeated and nobody else can say that."
Banjo plans on taking his unofficial visit in January after Hawaii's Sugar Bowl appearance. Though schools are still recruiting Banjo, he claims that he is a "Warrior all the way."
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